Your Waves Go Over Me

13 July until 30 October 2021
Your Waves Go Over Me

A unique art installation has been created in the Hostry as part of the Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure exhibition at the Cathedral 

Just before you see the Natural History Museum's Dippy the Diplodocus cast, you will walk through a wave of 3,000 fish!

Norfolk-based artist Mark Reed's stunning installation is called Your Waves Go Over Me and it aims to encourage us all to think about the importance of water through the ages, from the time of dinosaurs right through to the modern day.

To watch a 360 video of the making of the wave sculpture click here

As well as experiencing the wave sculpture in the Cathedral, people are also able to buy the fish to display in their own homes. To find out more about buying the fish click here


The lighting for Your Waves Go Over Me has been kindly sponsored by Viking Stage Lighting and other elements used in the construction of the piece have been loaned by Tufts of Bradenham. 

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Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral (6)
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral (5)
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral (4)
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral
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Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral (6)
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral (5)
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral (4)
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral (c) Bill Smith Norwich Cathedral
Mark Reed Wave Sculpture at Norwich Cathedral

A closer look at 
Your Waves Go Over Me

The Bible and modern science differ about many things, but they are in entire agreement that life as we know it emerged from water. Dippy the Diplodocus could not exist without water, and neither can human beings today. As part of Norwich Cathedral’s response to the visit of Dippy, Mark Reed’s sculpture encourages us to reflect on the generative power of the sea and our total dependence on healthy waters for the future of life on Earth.

The wave shimmers with the movement of fish whose shapes represent the evolution of species from the ancient Hadean eon to the present day. The fish was a symbol for Christians from the early days of the faith, in part because they came to new birth through the waters of Baptism.

The title of the sculpture is a quotation from the Psalms (42.9): ‘All thy waves and storms are gone over me.’ The ability of our visitors to immerse themselves in this wave is a reminder of our ambivalent relationship with the untamed waters. We remember holidays by the sea and the excitement of plunging into waves, but also the overwhelming destructive power of water in storm, tsunami, and flood.

Your Waves Go Over Me is part of the Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure exhibition currently taking place at Norwich Cathedral.

Norwich is the final stop on Dippy's eight-venue tour and the exhibition has been brought to Norwich Cathedral and visitors across the UK by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill. Barratt and Cooke is the regional sponsor for the exhibition.

For more about Dippy on Tour click here