SX9292 : The sculpture "Hope and Renewal" outside Exeter Cathedral

taken 3 years ago, near to Exeter, Devon, Great Britain

The sculpture "Hope and Renewal" outside Exeter Cathedral
The sculpture "Hope and Renewal" outside Exeter Cathedral
The board reads: "Hope and Renewal" Historic burnt timbers, 2017, by morth. On Fri 28th October 2016, a huge fire destroyed historic buildings on Exeter Cathedral Close. This was a tragedy. Yet after tragedy something always emerges. This "Hope and Renewal" sculpture has been created with 2 tonnes of burnt wood from the fire. Some of these timbers came from trees that grew in the 1500s. Competition: take a photo of "Hope and Renewal" and upload at LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) . Please don't touch the sculpture - it's dirty, heavy and full of splinters

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Exeter Cathedral

The majority of the building of the Cathedral church of Saint Peter as seen today was commenced in 1275 and externally is mostly of the Decorated period of Gothic architecture (c.1250-1350), though its foundations go back to Saxon times and there are substantial Norman and Early English parts. The Decorated period is itself split into two sub-periods, the earlier "geometric" sub-period (1250-1290) and the later "curvilinear" (1290-1350). Exeter Cathedral exhibits both these styles, but rather more from the former period despite its construction continuing well into the latter one. In general the eastern half of the building containing the Quire, Presbytery and Lady Chapel is from the early Decorated, while the nave is mostly of the later period, though the windows seen on the southern side of the nave abutting the Silent Cloister look more Geometric than Curvilinear to me.
The towers which rise above both transepts however exhibit Romanesque features such as semi-circular topped blind arcading. Romanesque architecture dates from the Norman period (c.1070-1180) so are part of the earlier minster built on this site by the Normans.
Exeter's greatest feature is probably its marvellously ornate West Front which is covered in statuary. This is one of the finest surviving examples of Decorated architecture in Britain. Unfortunately at the time of writing (June 2012) much of this glory is covered in the ugliest conceivable tatty garish wrapping, no doubt to protect it from the elements while repairs are carried out.
Internally the ceiling of the nave is "palm vaulted" typical of the transition from the Decorated to the Perpendicular period.
A surprisingly brief EH listing can be found here LinkExternal link
A detailed pdf map of the Cathedral area here LinkExternal link

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Sunday, 28 May, 2017   (more nearby)
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Monday, 29 May, 2017
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  People, Events 
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Sculpture 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 9204 9255 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:43.3508N 3:31.8485W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 9201 9255
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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