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Hussey Memorial Commission

STOP PRESS: Thursday 17th March at 6.30pm: The Hussey Commission: TOGETHER with Jaume Plensa
Jaume Plensa the internationally renowned Barcelona based sculptor, will deliver an illustrated lecture in the Nave of the Cathedral.
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Announcement of Selected Artist & Exhibition of Proposal - Together by Jaume Plensa

An exhibition explaining the commission, and showing images of Plensa's proposal, is currently on display in the Cathedral.  (This exhibition will be ongoing).  Entry is free and all are welcome.

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The Chapter of Chichester Cathedral is delighted to announce that a sculpture by the artist Jaume Plensa has been selected for the highly prestigious Hussey Memorial Commission.  The new sculpture will be suspended in the central aerial space within the Cathedral.  The form of the sculpture is the hand of the resurrected Christ, raised in the sign of blessing.  A 'cloud' of letters form the hand, maintaining transparency and enabling the viewer to see directly through the sculpture.  The letters composing the hand are derived from eight alphabets: Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, and Chinese.

Chichester Cathedral has an international reputation as a bold patron of contemporary art within an ancient setting; this artwork will revitalise that tradition.  The commission was launched in 2009 and was timed to mark the centenary of Walter Hussey (1909 - 1985) who was Dean of Chichester from 1955 - 1977.  Referred to by the art historian Kenneth Clark as 'the last great patron of art in the Church of England', Hussey commissioned many of the 20th century artworks for which the Cathedral is now famous, including a stained glass window by Marc Chagall and a high altar tapestry by John Piper.  In addition to regular worshippers, some 200,000 people visit the Cathedral each year and are able to see these and other works free of charge.  An exhibition explaining the commission, and showing images of Plensa's proposal, is currently on display in the Cathedral.  (This exhibition will be ongoing).  Entry is free and all are welcome.

Click here for full details of the commission

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