E.J.Wilkins

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Winchester Cathedral


Sound II, by Antony Gormley. 1986.

I think this is by far the best of Gormley's sculptures and it fits perfectly with the place in which it stands.

Tiff and I were privileged to get very close to the sculpture because, by pure luck, we arrived at the gate to the Crypt as a tour was starting. A moment later and we would have missed our chance.

The Cathedral website says - here -
"Winchester Cathedral has an established reputation for engagement with the visual arts. This Policy, implemented by the Arts and Exhibitions Group, seeks to create a measured and varied programme of visual arts events to complement and enhance the Cathedral's wide-ranging programme of musical events, and to use the rich variety of spaces available in the Cathedral."

I think that whoever runs the Arts and Exhibitions Group does a jolly good job. The only little problem is that, even without the new artwork, there is already so much to see, and so much to think about, that a single visit isn't long enough to absorb the atmosphere and take it all in ... which is why Tiff and I now have a season ticket and will be returning in August. Let us know if you would like to join us there.
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I think this is picture number 600.
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Winchester Cathedral


Sound II, by Antony Gormley. 1986.

I think this is by far the best of Gormley's sculptures and it fits perfectly with the place in which it stands.

Tiff and I were privileged to get very close to the sculpture because, by pure luck, we arrived at the gate to the Crypt as a tour was starting. A moment later and we would have missed our chance.

The Cathedral website says - here -
"Winchester Cathedral has an established reputation for engagement with the visual arts. This Policy, implemented by the Arts and Exhibitions Group, seeks to create a measured and varied programme of visual arts events to complement and enhance the Cathedral's wide-ranging programme of musical events, and to use the rich variety of spaces available in the Cathedral."

I think that whoever runs the Arts and Exhibitions Group does a jolly good job. The only little problem is that, even without the new artwork, there is already so much to see, and so much to think about, that a single visit isn't long enough to absorb the atmosphere and take it all in ... which is why Tiff and I now have a season ticket and will be returning in August. Let us know if you would like to join us there.
...

I think this is picture number 600.
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comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jul 2009, 02:26
I can't say if I agree with your assessment of this splendid work, Ellie, but it is certainly a very good one.

[Have the A&E Group send their free bus for oldies around to my apartment in Bangkok, and I'll be sure to join you there in August]
EJWilkins: I think everybody has their own favourite Gormley Ray wink

Can't promise a bus, but will certainly think of you when we get together again at the end of August
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 24 Jul 2009, 02:42
Congratulations on 600, Ellie. I must say that I never knew about Gormley's sculptures until I first saw them here on SC. So anything I learn about them is new and most intriguing. I wish like the dickens I could join you and Tiff in August. Maybe one day!
EJWilkins: Yes, one day Ginnie, we'll manage it smile

Thanks for the congrats
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 24 Jul 2009, 04:22
Very reflective feel to this shot Ellie, l wish l could join you as well
EJWilkins: It would be good if you could, but we understand transport may be a problem wink

Yes, reflection (thought) is what I was aiming to achieve with this picture. I'm thrilled you noticed.
Happy 600th Ellie. I wish I could visit this place!
EJWilkins: Eurostar and then a direct train from Waterloo takes about an hour to reach Winchester. Maybe one day eh?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jul 2009, 07:46
Congratulations on your 600th picture Ellie.

We certainly had a very enjoyable day in Winchester and this picture captures Mr Gormley's statue so well. I have one in my picture queue too. It would be very nice to get some other Shutterchancers to join us when we go back in August
EJWilkins: Thanks for the congratulations Chris.
It was a brilliant day, let's hope the weather is as kind next time too, Summer Bank Holidays aren't always the best for sunshine!
(Sorry, I thought I'd replied earlier)
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Jul 2009, 08:01
Through thick and thin you made it to 600. May the God of the cathedral smile upon you with a speedy recovery.

I think the statue's hands would make a great baptismal font. Great composition.
EJWilkins: I did, and I remember thinking that 100 was a heck of an achievement!

Thank you for your good wishes, I'm sure they will help smile
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Jul 2009, 08:14
I've becoming increasing aware of the work of the Gormley. Listening to the Archers on a drive home from Suffolk last weekend, he was even on that. I'm no artist but I ddo like some of his work. I've never been to the Cathedral so are you thinking of going back?
EJWilkins: Goodness, I haven't listened to the Archers since they moved the omnibus edition on Sunday to a different time!

Email sent about visit in August. Hope you'll be able to join us and see this piece for yourself smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • did I ever tell you the one about a man who though
  • 24 Jul 2009, 09:18
I am very fond of Gormley's work Ellie. Thank you for showing this.
EJWilkins: He's done some remarkable pieces hasn't he. Hope you'll get to see this one for yourself some time smile
I have a soft spot for Gormley's stuff. I wasn't aware of this one.

Well done on the 600!
EJWilkins: This one's out of the public eye, more so than the rest so it's a bit of a secret really.
Never thought I'd make it to 600!
I'm not into sculptures Ellie..but I do like the way you've taken this, Nice lighting.
EJWilkins: MMm, yes, there are sculptures and there are sculptures aren't there? I think you'd appreciate this one if you could see it for yourself. If you look here you'll get an idea of it in its' surroundings.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=gormley%20winchester&w=all&s=int
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands
  • 24 Jul 2009, 16:38
This reminded me of Oliver Twist Ellie, please sir may I have some more.
Happy 600 smilesmile
EJWilkins: Yes, it has that sort of feel to it, I agree with you smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2009, 21:06
The more I get know this sculptor -thanks to SC, the more impressive I find Gormley's human beings- here he seems to hold some water in his hands, "water of life" ( as Jesus is named, too) in a religious sense (see Louis' interpretation!), or a gesture of thankfullness for all the gifts we have received. I read that the sculpture is "at it's best when the crypt is flooded, his reflection may be then very striking and the spiritual meaning of this sculpture may be quite more convincing.
I saw some photos depicturing the whole figure while standing in the water. I am a fan of modern sculpture/art in old churches -in dialogue/correspondence or contrast to medieval sculptures/art!
Oh, I would like to join you if I were close you. I hope to visit in August the magnificent Cathedral of Exeter !
EJWilkins: The statue does indeed hold water in its hands, it's very clever.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2009, 13:27
Happy 600th, I like the sculpture.
EJWilkins: Thank you Jennie
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 25 Jul 2009, 21:55
I like the mood in this shot Ellie. A beautiful sculpture!
EJWilkins: This was the picture that seemed to capture the right mood. When we go back I'll be more careful and try for another particular shot that didn't work as well as I'd hoped this time.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 26 Jul 2009, 19:18
jolie composition.
EJWilkins: Merci Marie
  • graham pickett
  • SUNNY SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 26 Jul 2009, 19:57
What a wonderful capture to choose for your 600th posting Ellie,congratulations on this mile stone.Did you deliberately shoot the face in shadow,very dramatic.Great background and beautiful colour.I am sure you and Chris will have many happy days exploring.
EJWilkins: Thank you Graham.
I took several pictures of this sculpture, as I'm sure you can imagine. I chose to share this one because I liked it best and it seemed to give a visual match to my thoughts when I saw it. I liked the way the shadow falls across the face too
I like this Ellie, the crop the lighting and framing.
EJWilkins: I'm really delighted by your comment Nigel, thanks smile

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