A newly commissioned work of art by local artist and Central Bedfordshire College Lecturer Gayle Storey was unveiled by the Bishop of Bedford at St Andrews Church, Slip End, Luton in early January.
?The work, Ascension of Prayer, is located in the prayer vestry of the church, with each cross a symbol of prayer. The crosses are moving up towards the roof and towards heaven, as do prayers when they ascend towards God.
?Gayle,from Dunstable, involved St Andrew?s Church and the wider local community in helping to produce the crosses. Back in March, members of the community, including residents from Woodside, Slip End and some of Gayle?s students from the college, made 112 crosses from porcelain clay, which have been central to the piece. Professional wood craftsmen from Kensworth Saw Mills also contributed to the work. This is first time that this church has commissioned such art, which is for permanent display in the prayer vestry at St Andrews.
?The Bishop of Bedford has also written about art in churches in February?s edition of See Round, the diocesan newspaper, due out later in January.