The 'Water of Life' - Chester Cathedral Cloister Garth, Chester.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman
N 53° 11.527 W 002° 53.452
30U E 507291 N 5893647
Quick Description: The 'Water of Life', a sculptural water feature presenting the life changing encounter between Jesus and the woman of Samaria.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/20/2013 3:05:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMG6M8
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
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Long Description:
In the Cloisters of Chester Cathedral lies a garden with many different floral species including Ferns, Arisaema, exotic and spring flowering bulbs, a collection of choice climbing plants, a herb garden, herbaceous plants, and specimen trees. It is of interest throughout the year by virtue not only of plant species but the design, setting and a major sculpture 'The Water of Life' by Stephen Broadbent.

The 'Water of Life' is a sculptural water feature that presents the life changing encounter between Jesus and the woman of Samaria, as told in John's gospel, Ch4.v14, celebrating the literal and spiritual, life-giving properties of water.

The circular shape brings the two figures face to face, lending intensity and tenderness to the encounter. Water flows continually from the shared cup, over the hands and into the pool in the dish below, from where the sculpture is illuminated, through the water.

Around this dish are the words:- 'Jesus said "the water that / I shall give will be an / inner spring always welling / up for eternal life." John 4:14 Commissioned by Chester Cathedral and funded by Capital Bank, the sculpture was dedicated by the Dean of Chester Cathedral, Dr. S. Smalley, on 8th May 1994.

Information taken from the Broadbent Studio web site:- Broadbent Studio

The opening hours of the Cathedral, suggested entry charges, and further details can be found here:- Chester Cathedral Visit

Associated Religion(s): Christianity

Statue Location: Cloister Garth, Chester Cathedral.

Entrance Fee: £6.00

Artist: Stephen Broadbent

Website: [Web Link]

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