The Ramryge Angels - Perspex Bereavement Sculptures
Based in the Ramryge Chantry Chapel, St Albans Cathedral, the installation ‘Bereavement Studies’ comprises six Perspex sculptures which are lit from below. The sculptures have been hand etched and formed and depict the stages of bereavement as established by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. There are five suggested stages (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression & Acceptance) but Claudia believes that after Acceptance one can find Peace —which is the sixth sculpture. Each sculpture is set into one of six empty statue niches in the 500 year old chapel, that have been empty since the reformation. She is also interested in the use of such sculptural imagery for meditation and contemplation.
In December 07/January 08 the Ramryge Angels (as they became known) were purchased by the ‘Friends of St Albans Abbey’. They are therefore now on permanent display, as part of the fabric of the Abbey—something new within the ancient. The Ramryge Chapel also has the Cathedral book of Remembrance on view beneath the Angels. The Chapel has become a quiet and fitting place where loved ones can be remembered, and those visiting can be reminded that bereavement is a journey, however difficult, which can lead towards hope.
If you would like a set of the Ramryge Angel postcards, (£3.99) see the link to the right, they come in a card pack of six images with descriptive text on the reverse. The Ramryge Angel Sculptures are available to buy as commissioned sculptures in two sizes. Full sized angels are £320 each and small sized are £145 each. Please email if you are interested in purchasing Angel sculptures - a full set of full size Angels is the reduced rate of £1800 and a set of small Angels is £800.