nativity scuplture chester CAthedral 2013

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undefinedThis nearly life-sized artwork, fashioned from hammered copper and bronze, has been placed in the nave for Advent, Christmas and through to Sunday 2 February. The sculpture is Kingsley-based Tony Evans' first nativity commission. He specialises in animal figures. The figure of the Christ child in the tableau is based on his young grandson, Luke.

Vice Dean Peter Howell-Jones said: “Our crib scene this year dominates the cathedral nave.  If you are sitting or walking, these simple figures interrupt your journey and demand your attention. 

“This set-up might at first seem like a potential annoyance – to visitors and cathedral staff alike – but it is deliberate. If you take time to ponder the gravity of the event that is portrayed, your imagination is captured and you are drawn closer to the real meaning of Christmas”.

The Revd Canon Jane Brooke said: “It is wonderful to welcome these beautiful figures into the cathedral. We were confident that children in particular would love the crib scene and be drawn to it. We weren’t wrong in our assumption – as soon as the figures were put out, a number of small children came over to take a look!”

The figures will remain in the cathedral until Sunday 2 February 2014.