'Shadows of the Wanderer' installation

12 October 2015 - 14 December 2015
09:30 - 17:30
North Transept
A picture of the ‘Shadows of the Wanderer’ installation in the North Transept
'Shadows of the Wanderer' is a large polychromed wood sculpture on a wooden base. It comprises ten over life-size figures, each carved from a single lime tree, that crowd close together and stand as looming shadows behind a young man carrying an older man on his back. The group recalls the tale of Aeneas, who carries his father Anchises from the ruins of burning Troy, but it also powerfully resonates with contemporary issues, particularly those of exile, asylum, migration and the displacement of people.

First shown at the Aldeburgh Festival, it was later shown at St John’s Church, Waterloo as part of their Faith, Justice, City project in 2010, and Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, had this to say about the work in a sermon at the church:

"The young man at the front of the sculpture group, fleeing from something we cannot see, carries nothing but his father – his past, his identity – and it was I think a stroke of genius that Ana Maria has carved both father and son out of the same piece of wood.

"This man literally cannot leave his past behind, but must take it with him. And that young man is about to step off the plinth and be among us. How are we going to react? Now, today, as this displaced man and his family arrive in our church? What will we do? Will we behave with justice and with love?”
For more information about Ana Maria Pacheco please click here.