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06 February 2009


Leaping Jesus sculpture faces uncertain future - preview

A radical artwork has been left in limbo reports Oliver Robertson

A Quaker sculptor has created a radical new image of Christ leaping off the cross following his resurrection

  • Gill Ledsham, who produced the sculpture for Saint Stephen’s Church in Windsor, said she wanted to show that there was more to the crucifixion than just suffering
  • ‘I think it’s very wrong to present an image that is so negative when Jesus said “I am come to give you new life”’, she said

  • However, the sculpture, entitled ‘The Crucifixion’, currently sits in the art rooms of Windsor Boys’ School, where Gill works as artist-in-residence, and will shortly be moved to her studio
  • It is unclear whether the church, whose current crucifix is prominently displayed on an exterior wall facing the main road, will take charge of the new sculpture

  • Oliver Robertson

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