Howard Spiers - Woodcarver

Howard Spiers

Sculpture in Wood and Stone

Crucifix Sculpture for Our Lady & St Joseph Primary School

This wood sculpture, which is in the main hall of the school, is of Christ on the Cross.

Green Tea Architects, who also designed the school, used an early print of 'tree with birds' by the Architect and Designer Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941), one of the leading figures in the Arts and Crafts movement, to inspire their 'Tree of Life' design and incorporated the strands of foliage to hold the Christ figure.

This can be seen in the original drawing supplied by Green Tea Architects and the clay maquette which has been made from that,
as shown opposite.

The main sculpture is 8 foot tall x
6 foot wide, and there will also be eleven small sculptures - 1 foot x 6 inches - one for each of the classrooms.

There will also be a smaller - 2 foot x 1 foot - sculpture for the adjacent St Francis’ Family Centre, which will include an image of St Francis and some animals.

Progress of the sculptures