Under an Equal Sky
A series of installations by international artists Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg reflecting on themes of war and remembrance, migration and refugees.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Under an Equal Sky will take the viewer on a journey that begins with 100 glass amphorae suspended in the shape of a ship in the Cathedral’s Nave and ends with a glass wall of multi-coloured vessels.
As visitors move around the Cathedral, they will come across a series of ten installations that begins with 100 glass amphorae suspended in the shape of a ship in the Cathedral’s Nave, each one representing one year since the end of the First World War. In the Martyrdom, four pieces blown at a workshop in Venice represent the four assassins of Thomas Becket, while in the North Aisle a glass boat filled with spent shells, grenades and other debris together with sheets of statistics ignite conversations about the plight of refugees in war, migration and “collateral damage”. The artists worked with the Cathedral Stonemasons to create The Stone Boat in St Anselm’s Chapel. In the Eastern Crypt is a triptych displaying the past, present and future, and the exhibition ends in the Chapter House with a wall of coloured glass, celebrating all of human diversity.
This exhibition is included in the Cathedral’s programme of services and events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Click here to view the full programme.
Due to the historic nature of the Cathedral’s architecture, parts of the building are not accessible by wheelchair. Works 5 (Unité, Diversité, Egalité (Unity, Diversity, Equality)) and 6 (The Pilgrims’ Boat) are in the Corona and Trinity Chapel. There is an interpretation board at the base of the stairs to the Trinity Chapel and a visitor leaflet with more information about these pieces, and more photos can be found below.
The exhibition is free to enter, but normal Precincts charges apply. Exhibition had been due to finish in November 2018 but has now been extended until 6 January 2019.