Suspended - Cathedral hosts unusual artwork
AN evocative artwork highlighting the plight of refugees around the world is to be hung in the Nave of the Cathedral.Suspended is by the British artist Arabella Dorman.
The artwork is made up of hundreds of items of refugee clothing, found largely on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. The clothing appears to hover approximately three metres above the ground and the installation is lit from the centre so that the clothes are seen clearly and then lost in shadow. As the installation brightens, it represents the light of hope by which a refugee is carried forwards. As it dims, it seeks to remind the viewer that refugees may be left unseen and in darkness if their situation is forgotten. Suspended had its first showing in St James’s Church in London’s Piccadilly at Christmas. Included amongst the clothes being hung in Canterbury are those from the makeshift camps at Calais.