On Monday 23rd July, we unveiled a series of five sculptures by Liviu Mocan, inspired by the five ‘solas’ of the Reformation (sola scriptura, sola gratia, solus Christus, soli Deo gloria, and sola fides), outside Great St. Mary’s Church in Cambridge. Entitled ‘Archetypes’, the six-month exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the conversation between history, faith and contemporary art.
The unveiling event was hosted by Reverend Devin Mclachlan, Associate Vicar of Great St Marys and opened with a talk by Heritage Officer, Anna Lovewell, on the role of Great St. Mary’s Church in the Protestant Reformation.
We then heard from Jonathan Tame, Director of the Jubilee Centre, on the history of the Archetypes project. He answered the question, ‘Why would a Christian social reform organisation commission a set of sculptures?’ with a reminder of the vital role of art in public life.
The artist, Liviu Mocan, then explored the spiritual inspiration for the sculptures and unpacked the relationship between Cambridge’s Gothic architecture and the sculpture’s style.
The ribbon was cut by the Right Reverend Dr David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, who spoke of the power of art to bring pause to busy, 21st century life.
We also enjoyed two musical interludes by brass musicians Major Martin Cordner and Paul Johnson from the Cambridge Salvation Army.
The event was attended by around 120 people, including Christians across many denominations, and those who had generously contributed towards the project.
Archetypes will remain at Great St. Mary’s until January 2019, and is expected to be seen by up to a million people in its location opposite the iconic King’s College Chapel. We pray that they will touch many people’s hearts over the coming months as they bring to light many transformative themes in salvation.
Enjoy the full video from the unveiling below. You can find out more about the exhibition at the dedicated Archetypes website.
Unveiling the Archetypes: