Unveiling of St John Paul II monument in Parramatta
|Linda Klarfeld pictured above in red. Photography: Elizabeth McFarlane|
A new and unprecedented monument dedicated to St John Paul II will be unveiled in Parramatta.
The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta will pay permanent tribute to its founder - St John Paul II - with the unveiling and blessing of a statue to be located at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
St John Paul II visited the Diocese of Parramatta during his pontificate shortly after its creation in 1986.
The unveiling ceremony will be held Saturday 5 September 2015 and will be attended by local dignitaries and more than 300 youth from Western Sydney.
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney, who commissioned the historic project in 2013 when he was then Bishop of Parramatta, will lead the blessing ceremony.
“St John Paul II was truly the saint of the youth. He founded World Youth Days that enabled millions of young people to experience the faith in a new and almost revolutionary way,” Archbishop Anthony said.
“He also established the Diocese of Parramatta to better serve the Catholic people of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, one of the youngest and fastest-growing areas of Australia.”
“It is my hope that this statue will inspire a new generation to get to know this great man, a towering religious and political strength in his time that saw tremendous growth in the Church around the world.”
The unique monument, created by local Sydney sculptor Linda Klarfeld describes the work as both serious and whimsical and possibly the most unconventional monument in front of any cathedral in the world.
The work captures the Pope-saint, and there are also statues of young people taking selfies, wearing flags, and giving the ‘thumbs up’. It took Klarfeld two years to create the five bronze figures, which together weigh more than one tonne.
With its prominent location at the entry to one of Sydney's major cathedrals, the monument is an important major work for Klarfeld. As one of her biggest and most complex projects to date, Klarfeld will also be present to outline the challenge of getting the exact likeness, personality and presence of St John Paul II as well as capturing the inter-relating figures and relationships the sculpture also portrays.
Event: Unveiling of St John Paul II monument in Parramatta
Location: St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta
Date: Saturday, 5 September 2015
RSVP: All media invited
Photos: Will be available on request after the event
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