David Mach, the Turner Prize nominated artist and one of Britain’s leading sculptors will see his monumental sculpture Golgotha installed in Chester Cathedral from today.
Golgotha is situated in the South Transept where Mach’s shocking and contemporary depiction of the crucifixion will contrast starkly with the cathedral’s 14thC surroundings. Such is the scale of the installation that a specialist team are estimated to take five days to delicately manoeuvre the enormous pieces into place.
David Mach says, “Golgotha is my largest coat hanger piece to date, made for the original Precious Light anniversary show in 2011. I wanted this sculpture to be dramatic. It is an epic, violent scene. So the sculpture needed to have as much pathos as possible. I extruded the coat hanger hooks outward to reflect that and to me they seem to capture the agony of the moment.”
David Mach was born in March 1956 in Methil, Fife, Scotland He joined the Royal College of Art in 1979 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988. The artist 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.
Mach will launch the exhibition at an invitation only preview on 17th March and Golgotha Exhibition will take place over the Easter period running between 18th March and 1st May 2016. The sculpture is available for sale at a cost of £1,200,000.