Cathedral was built in the 20th century but its design is decidedly
pre-modern. This last work by Frink (she watched the installation on a
television one week before she died of throat cancer) is firmly modern.
It sits above the west door, looking by turns ancient and modern.
Frink’s work is distinguished by her commitment to naturalistic forms
and themes. Frink’s range of subjects included men, birds, dogs, horses
and religious motifs. Stephen Gardiner, Frink's official biographer,
argued that this final sculpture was appropriate: "This awesome work,
beautiful, clear and commanding, a vivid mirror-image of the artist's
mind and spirit, created against fearful odds, was a perfect memorial
for a remarkable great individual."
Alan Maycock © 2007
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