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Gloucester does it again

17 October 2014

© Damien Hirst and Science ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2014

GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL has followed up the success of the exhibition "Crucible", which in 2010 brought to the cathedral 76 contemporary sculptures and helped to attract 136,000 visitors in two months, with "Crucible 2", which runs until the end of the month, again curated by Gallery Pangolin.

Once again, too, this is a free exhibition, and scores of sculptures are located around the cathedral's interior and exterior. Damien Hirst's Fallen Angel  (2008-14), in gold-plated silver (above), is a figure adapted from Antonio Canova's The Repentant Magdalene (c.1794-96), seen here in relation to the high altar; while his Anatomy of an Angel (Black) (2008) is placed in relation to the angels of an 18th-century wall monument.

Sue Freeborough's bronze Mitochondrial Eve  (bottom of page) was inspired by scientists' discovery in the 1980s that mDNA could be traced back to one woman who lived about 150,000 years ago in East Africa. Ipsius Imago a Latere Extensa (below) by John Humphreys, whose work draws on his experience with special effects in the film industry, is described in the beautifully presented catalogue as "both surreal and super-real, challenging conventional perceptions of space and hinting at a fourth dimension". It is seen here against the background of the Bower memorial.

www.crucible2.co.uk; or phone 01452 528095



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