ROOD CROSS RETURNS TO BRECON AFTER NEARLY 500 YEARS
The post is by The Very Reverend Geoffrey Marshall BA , Dean of Brecon Cathedral and Warden of Readers for the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon
In 1538 King Henry VIII destroyed Brecon’s rood screen – the division between the monks and the people in the Priory Church, now our Cathedral. For hundreds of years on the screen had hung a gold crucifix which people from all over Wales and beyond had come on pilgrimage to touch.
BRONZE CRUCIFIX BY SOUTH WALES ARTIST HELEN SINCLAIR
On Monday 2nd April a life-size bronze crucifix will be hung near where the rood screen used to be. Come and see this new piece of art over the Easter holidays; it will hang in the Cathedral until the end of July.
Anthony Bunker, a friend of Artes Mundi and on the board of Welsh National Opera, has commissioned this life-sized crucifix (photo attached) from the artist Helen Sinclair with a view to exhibiting it as widely as possible. He commissioned it to celebrate his wife’s ordination to the priesthood. Brecon Cathedral is its first outing. The crucifix weighs 90 kg and was cast from driftwood on Rhossili beach on the Gower. On Monday it will be lifted into place from the trap door in the tower – usually used to lower the bells to ground level when they need repairing or tuning.
Helen Sinclair was born in 1954 in South Wales. She studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art. After teaching for 12 years she has been a full-time sculptor since 1988. She exhibits widely throughout England and Wales and has work in private collections all over the world.