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Another monumental sculpture from Sophie Ryder at Salisbury Cathedral; a 20’ tall crouching Lady Hare entitled ‘Rising’.

Despite its size, there was something in the transparent wire construction, location and pose that gave the sculpture an air of fragility and vulnerability – and I experienced the slightly disconcerting sensation of feeling protective towards it. I wanted to fend off the clambering kids and casual kickers; to tell the groups of cheesy snappers and selfie grabbers to show a little respect, to slow down, to see, to think, to feel ….

Sophie Ryder sculpture Rising at Salisbury Cathedral

Sophie Ryder sculpture Rising at Salisbury Cathedral

I thought mono would work best to capture these feelings but I’m not sure – I like the colours of the … err … colour version 🙂 Any thoughts …. ?

Closer consideration of this introspective sculpture reveals a smaller, kneeling hare hiding within.

Hiding hare in Sp[hie Ryder sculpture Rising at Salisbury Cathedral

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

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