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Two views of a large crucifix sculpture in chapel Walsingham by sculptor David Begbie

’CRUCIFIX’ 1988

’CRUCIFIX’ 1988
Shrine of Our Lady Walsingham Church, Norfolk, UK
325 x 218 x 20 cm

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CRUCIFIX’ 1988
Painted steelmesh and wire, dimensions 325 x 218 x 20 cm

Originally made for and exhibited in Winchester Cathedral for Lent in 1988, the Christ sculptureCRUCIFIX’ was permanently installed in 2004 at the Barn Chapel of the Anglican (C of E) Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6EG, England.

Crucifix’ is a powerful interpretation of the suffering and crucified Christ. Its visual liberation of object and image creates the installation, which is both physical and optical.

The figure of Christ has no hands, an expression of helplessness... a man at the mercy of his destiny. This is further compounded by the body being that of a strong powerful man, naked and in the throes of agony and humiliation. The image of the man bleeds through and out of essentially cold industrial materials – usually associated with isolation and rejection; fences and cages, barred windows and locked doors, keeping people out.
The head of Christ remains unformed; it is defaced and finally humiliated with its barbed crown made from one of the most offensive materials ever: barbed wire. It is a Christ for our time.

Father Philip North has told us that people who see the sculpture for the first time are often profoundly moved.

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  • Walsingham David Begbie Crucifix Christ sculpture
    Walsingham David Begbie Crucifix Christ sculpture
  • Walsingham artist David Begbie and Crucifix Christ sculpture
    Walsingham artist David Begbie and Crucifix Christ sculpture
  • Winchester Cathedral christ sculpture photo Richard Burbridge
    Winchester Cathedral christ sculpture photo Richard Burbridge
  • Winchester Crucifix sculpture catalogue
    Winchester Crucifix sculpture catalogue
  • Winchester crucifix sculpture installation davidbegbie
    Winchester crucifix sculpture installation davidbegbie
  • christ crucifix sculpture detail by davidbegbie
    christ crucifix sculpture detail by davidbegbie
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    christ sculpture detail 2 davidbegbie
  • crucifix sculpture lighting davidbegbie
    crucifix sculpture lighting davidbegbie
  • walsingham barn christ sculpture
    walsingham barn christ sculpture
  • walsingham christ sculpture barn chapel davidbegbie
    walsingham christ sculpture barn chapel davidbegbie
  • walsingham christ sculpture detail
    walsingham christ sculpture detail
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Public examples
St. Mary, Wherwell Chilbolton
Millennium Dome, London
Manangel, Birmingham
The Jam House, Edinburgh
Shrine of Walsingham, Norfolk
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‘Figure & Fountain‘ Southwark, London

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Museums
Natural History Museum, London
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Galleria Nazionali de Arte Moderna, Rome
Museum Beelden an Zee, The Netherlands
Court of Justice, Almelo, The Netherlands
National Gallery Canberra, Australia
Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, USA
My sculptures have no palpable substance or surface. At first glance they appear to be a metallic membrane but when you take a closer look they are not even a skin - they are instead a delineation of surface and form, modelled and drawn in three-dimensional space.
David Begbie