Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Peering Over My Shoulder

Cathedral Square, Christchurch. Jan. 2009. Ajr
As far as public sculptures go, this Terry Stringer bronze might be one of the most overlooked works in Christchurch. Yet oddly, it is in one of the most prominant positions in town - right outside the doors of Christchurch Cathedral, which receives thousands of visitors a week. Perhaps it is overshadowed by the dramatic architecture of the Cathedral itself; or maybe it is dwarfed by the more obvious, much bigger (and shinier) sculpture, 'Chalice' by Neil Dawson? And it is the kind of thing I WANT to overlook - it is kind of shapeless and ugly after all. That said, I do wish there was a little plaque somewhere with its name and artist information so people could at least find out more about it. Maybe there is. Maybe that's easily overlooked as well?

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