Transfigured Christ

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In the 2011 I was approached by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster to design a statue of Transfigured Christ for St James’s Church in Spanish Place, Marylebone, London. The church is listed as Grade 2, one star.

I started my research and gathered much visual information as possible, then came up with a design (below)

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After a lengthy process it was approved and I ordered a one ton block of finest Portland basebed limestone and set to work by squaring up in scale from the drawing onto the stone and removing the waste.

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This was a lengthy process and a big challenge. Although I had carved faces and hands I had never carved a whole statue.

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This is a later stage where I’ve peeled back the layers to reveal the face. It’s still quite rough but it is clearly emerging from the stone.

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This is towards the end where the features are now quite clearly defined. Hands and garment are clearly distinguished. The hands still look a little glove-like so they need some work!

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Pretty much finished apart from the feet.

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Some of the best artists can’t do feet. I don’t put myself even in the category of artist, but I think mine turned out pretty well. I studied feet for a while – the subtle in-turn of the big toe, the way the rest curl inwards and downwards. I think I became slightly obsessed for a short while!

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And here is the Transfigured Christ in situ. We had 4 days to install it which involved trimming approximately 1 ton of stone off the existing quatrefoil, lifting the half-ton statue and fixing it securely.

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Another view from across the road.

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Useful Links

St James’s Church, Marylebone

An article on Albion Stone’s website about my figure

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In the Summer of 2014, Geraint Davies made a beautiful headstone for the grave of my husband David Bowles. He carved a perfect low-relief version of the Green Man head that was David’s signature piece, and below that, he cut the lettering showing his name, dates, and a blessing, all in mellow York Stone. The lettering is delicate and fine, giving the Green Man Roundel a prominent position. My family and I are very pleased with, and impressed by the quality of Geraint’s work, including the dedication he put into faithfully reproducing the carved image, and the way he involved us at every stage of the process. I recommend Geraint Davies as Artist, Sculptor, Stone Cutter, Calligrapher and Mason, as his skills encompass all of these forms. His level of commitment and devotion to excellence, are rare and wonderful qualities, along with his ability to relate to clients needs with sensitivity and intelligence, all contribute to the high quality of his work.
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