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'Connection' by Galia Amsel

On display in the Cathedral until Tuesday 21 February 2017

Open daily with free entry

 
 
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights...In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth (James 1:17)
 
 
'Connections' by Galia Amsel
'Connection' by Galia Amsel

We are delighted to present 'Connection' an extraordinary glass and light sculpture by the artist Galia Amsel, suspended above the Cornish stone and copper of the font (used for baptisms, or 'christening').

Light and glass are essential to our churches and cathedrals, indeed as you walk around Chichester Cathedral you see light cascading through a number of glorious stained glass windows.  These stunning windows serve more than one purpose; the cascading light illuminates the space within the Cathedral, bringing light to what might otherwise be dark, and it also shines forth with some of our most sacred Christian stories and messages.

'Connections' by Galia Amsel
'Connection' by Galia Amsel

Galia Amsel's sculpture explores similar themes, but through a contemporary lens with modern materials.  Here, an industrial duct brings down the light from above, which arrives, finally, and beautifully, in glasswork, emulating fibre optic cables.  These 'cables' also gesture towards the title of the piece 'Connection' - cables like these bring us all sorts of connections, and communications, in our busy and complex world.  The placement in relation to the font brings out the particular 'connections' involved in being baptised, in which the sprinkling of water symbolises a new beginning (a 'rebirth') as part of the wider Christian community, and a wish to respond to God's call to live a life inspired and shaped by Jesus Christ.

'Connection' is formed of 1200mm long glass tubes which sweep and curve.  This installation has its origin in a series of installations in a disused cement silo on the Auckland waterfront.  The original installation was connected to hopperes only 2.5 metres above the ground with the glass tubes descending to almost touch the ground; in the Cathedral it is suspended above the font.

'Connections' by Galia Amsel
'Connection' by Galia Amsel

The intrinsic purity of glass captures our imaginations.  The alchemical transformation of sand into crystal clear objects and the sense of wonder that accompanies the moments of transformation when a molten mass becomes a precious solid form, commands respect and reverence.

Galia Amsel trained at the Royal College of Art and has taught in the glass departments of Sunderland, Edinburgh and Glasgow Schools of Art.  She moved to New Zealand in 2004 and her work soon reflected the stimulating environment and the natural features.  The Victoria & Albert and other museums around the world include her work in their collections.  Her glass work is admired by glass makers and collectors alike.




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