Chester Cathedral unveils coat hanger crucifixion sculptures

Chester Cathedral
Image caption Golgotha was originally conceived as part of a wider exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 2011

Three giant crucifixion sculptures made from steel girders and thousands of coat hangers have gone on display at Chester Cathedral.

The three pieces, which each weigh one ton and stand 19ft (6m) tall, are the work of British artist and Turner Prize nominee David Mach.

A specialist team took fives days to install the artwork in the cathedral's 14th Century south transept.

The statues, named Golgotha, are on display until 1 May.

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Image caption Artist David Mach based the three huge crucifixion faces on his friends - Gordon, John and Parm

Sculptor Mach, who is influenced by pop art and consumerism, said: "Golgotha is my largest coat hanger piece to date.

"I wanted this sculpture to be dramatic. It is an epic, violent scene.

"I extruded the coat hanger hooks outward to reflect that and to me they seem to capture the agony of the moment."

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Image caption The three sculptures each weigh one ton and stand 19ft (6m) tall
Image copyright Chester Cathedral
Image caption The sculptures are on display until 1 May

David Mach

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  • David Mach was born in March 1956 in Methil, Fife, Scotland
  • He joined the Royal College of Art in 1979
  • Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988, he was elected Member of the Royal Academy of Art in 1998
  • He is known for his grand scale installations including Polaris in Edinburgh, which is a submarine made with hundreds of tyres

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