Odds and quads

The crucifix behind the altar in the chapel at Leeds Trinity University College (shown here as a work in progress) has a number of unusual features.

May 24, 2012




When the college commissioned Charles I'Anson, then senior lecturer in sculpture, to create it in 1970, he was determined to portray the living Christ in His final moments, wrenching Himself away from the cross, rather than, as is more usual, after His death.

I'Anson started work in his study at Leeds Trinity on a life-sized figure modelled on his own body, before finding it easier to move operations to his house and garden. He even suspended himself from the bars in the gym to work out the exact musculature.

The pose, with Christ's weight carried by His wrists and feet, presented additional technical challenges.

Pure bronze would have been too heavy, so I'Anson created a mould from clay and then poured in a combination of bronze powder resin and glass fibre - even though colleagues from the Royal British Society of Sculptors and a car-repair firm that regularly used the material told him this would not work.

In the event and despite a number of false starts, his determination allowed him to complete the sculpture in 18 months.

Send suggestions for this series on the treasures, oddities and curiosities owned by universities across the world to matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

celebrate, cheer, tef results

Emilie Murphy calls on those who challenged the teaching excellence framework methodology in the past to stop sharing their university ratings with pride

Sir Christopher Snowden, former Universities UK president, attacks ratings in wake of Southampton’s bronze award

Reflection of man in cracked mirror

To defend the values of reason from political attack we need to be more discriminating about the claims made in its name, says John Hendry

But the highest value UK spin-off companies mainly come from research-intensive universities, latest figures show