So if you have read any of my previous blog posts you might have come across my This Summer I will post. One of my aims was to start having days out to explore locally and further afield.
One of my friends mentioned that she had never been to Norwich Cathedral, so we decided to go and explore it. I’ve been quite a few times before, but not for a while.
The Cathedral is about 900 years old and is famous for its exquisite medieval boss’ on the ceiling. I was amazed to discover today that the cathedral has over a 1,000 and that from the back of the Cathedral to the front down the centre the line off boss’ tell the story of the bible, starting with the Old Testament through to the birth of Christ and on to the resurrection. The workman ship is fantastic. I believe it took about 50 years to build, when you think about how amazing and intricate the craving of the stones are and the technology they had at the time, to create something so beautiful really is an unbelieveable achievement.
I enjoyed the fact that they have blended the old with the new, with a new exhibition area and cafe as well as some more modern stain glass windows. I personal think the stillness of the Cathedral is a lovely atmosphere to sit and reflect. But it’s still alive with the noises of visitors around the build.
While we were there is also spent some time looking at the Ana Maria Pacheco sculptures ‘shadows of the wanderer‘ which are on display at the Cathedral until the end of September 2015. They are created from wood and stand about 6ft tall.
Ten over life-size figures crowd close together and stand as looming shadows behind a young man carrying an older man on his back. This group recalls the tale of Aeneas, who carries his father Anchises from the ruins of Troy, but it also powerfully resonates with current issues, particularly the displacement of people.
The young man at the front of the sculpture group, fleeing from something we cannot see, carries nothing but his father – his past, his identity – and it was I think a stroke of genius that Ana Maria has carved both father and son out of the same piece of wood. This man literally cannot leave his past behind, but must take it with him. And that young man is about to step off the plinth and be among us. How are we going to react? Now, today, as this displaced man and his family arrive in our church?
What will we do? Will we behave with justice and with love?
Neil MacGregor, Sunday 21 November 2010
Do you know of any gems I should visit? I’ve got plans to go to Norwich Castle Musuem and the V&A soon, so I’m sure I’ll be posting about them soon. xx