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Island Advent

08 February 2013

THROUGHOUT Advent, there was a remarkable exhibition of floral design in St German's Cathedral, on the Isle of Man (Sodor & Man). The whole building was filled with beautifully designed installations of pine cones, dried flowers and grasses, seeds and seed heads, moss, bark, pebbles, and glittering baubles, all created by Floreat, a group formed of members of flower-arranging clubs from all over the island.

They had worked together with cathedral staff, inspired by C. S. Lewis and the Narnia tales to provide a Narnia experience, "The Thaw Begins". Alongside the exhibits were storyboards featuring some of Lewis's work, which offered a self-guided tour round the cathedral.

There was also the cathedral's own "Narnia", a private space "through the wardrobe", and in it could be found a huge painting of Aslan the Lion, created by Roy Nixon. The problem was what to do with it when the exhibition closed at Christmas. Silent auction bids were invited, but came to nothing. The last I heard was the possibility that it could go to a children's hospice.

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