As I have said before, I am not a religious man, but I do love religious buildings. This is especially true of the magnificent Cathedral in Gloucester. The cathedral started life in around 679AD, when Osric, King of the Hwicce (the kingdom of which Gloucester was a part in early Saxon times), was given permission to found a monastery church dedicated to St Peter. It is rated as one of the seven most beautiful cathedrals in the world.
All of that was but a backdrop, however, to an incredible collection of art displayed there in 2010 as the Crucible Exhibition. This saw all manner of weird and wonderful art dotted about the cathedral and grounds.
This Picasso-inspired piece called ‘Two Girls From 1908’ by Glynn Williams was situated in the cloister gardens. This picture was taken on 17 September 2010 and, as you can see, it looks fine. However, a few weeks later disaster struck as the fittings came apart and it smashed to the ground in pieces.
I deny any responsibility…
For a few more pics see my previous blog: History and Art at Gloucester Cathedral