The maquette was produced for a proposed design of paschal candle holder for Bristol Cathedral.
The brief was very specific. The function being primarily relate to the resurrection of Christ. The design to be sympathetic to the gothic architecture of the cathedral, and its contemporary art forms such as the alter. There should be provision for it to hold flowers as well as the candle. And have some relevance to the sea faring history of the city.
The movement of water creates the base, linking the piece both to the location of Bristol with its connection to trade from the sea. Spiritual significance takes the form of Jesus rising from the waters of baptism. This image is also representative of Christ rising from the tomb, drawn upwards by the angel above. When the piece is turned through 90 degrees, the contemporary shape disappears, revealing a tracery of gothic arches. These draw the eye up to the Angels above. they in turn form a boat shaped vessel, of sufficient depth to take flowers, which continues the theme of resurrection in new growth. Culminating in the candle whose light dispels the darkness.