Artwork marks the end of the First World War

The art installation Under An Equal Sky hangs in Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral has become home to a unique glass art installation.

Called Boat of Remembrance, the piece comprises 100 glass bottles suspended in the shape of a boat and commemorates the end of the First World War.

It is part of a series of works titled Under an Equal Sky by internationally renowned artists Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg.

Boat of Remembrance hangs from a safety deck in the Nave, which is in place while a major restoration project takes place at the Cathedral

The artists said: “The focal point of the exhibition, Boat of Remembrance, would not have been possible if it hadn’t been for the Nave roof being covered by a safety deck, giving us the perfect hanging opportunity.

Dean of the Cathedral Robert Willis

“In some ways the restoration project has been the making of the show.

“The building is a World Heritage site and so it’s been a challenge – but also an honour – making pieces that work with the space.”

The Cathedral conservation project is due to last five years and involves a £25 million programme of essential work.

The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral said: “Because of the safety deck which is below the vaults, we have a special opportunity to hang things while the work goes on

“So despite all the activity of contractors restoring the Nave roof and the West Towers, we have provided the sense of a gallery and people will have what thoughts they will as they wander around.

“During a time of reconstruction and restoration for the Cathedral itself, it is wonderful for us to use this opportunity to help people both in body, mind and spirit to explore this place and discover new aspects of the message that it seeks to convey.”

Under an Equal Sky runs until November 11.


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