Mark Maxwell

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In July 2007 Maxwell was invited to create an installation in the Cloister area of the Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield , London. Using materials often found in churches, Maxwell created a large shroud like freestanding sculpture made of over 100kgs of candle wax. The installation took place within the Cloister and took two weeks to complete.

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St. Bartholomew the Great has a rich and interesting history, founded as an Augustinian priory in 1123 by Rahere, it was built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England and it possesses the most significant Norman interior in London.It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombs dropped in Zeppelin raids in World War I and the Blitz in World War II.

Inventor Benjamin Franklin worked there in the early 18th Century, and drawing on Franklin’s connection with the church and Franklin’s subsequent electrical discoveries, Maxwell has created video works and sculptures which depict electrolytic transformations and the harnessing of the elements.

 

 

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