John Maine, Sanctuary

I’ve spent Saturday afternoon on the train to Salisbury to see an exhibition by John Maine RA of his sculpture in the environs of Salisbury Cathedral.   It was a spectacularly beautiful afternoon and the work looked wonderful in the crisp, clear, early spring light.   None of the work is site specific, but all of it is enhanced by the relationship to the surroundings,  including a group of stone works based on the cosmati pavement in Westminster Abbey, which was previously exhibited at the Royal Academy.   Best of all were five beautifully polished stone polyhedra lining the cloister, making one look not just at the work, but at the stonework of the cloister.   But I also enjoyed the flat decorated work like tombslabs within the cathedral itself.

121  Salcath John Maine



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