Wells, Somerset - Caroline Shipsey Photography

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Sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos The Weight of our Sins’ is a remarkable sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos. It depicts larger than life figures of children supporting a cross. Each child is symbolic of some of the abuses committed against children in our world today. These include genocide, AIDS, land mines and homelessness. The Bishop’s Palace in Wells has been gifted this sculpture by Professor G. Romaine Hervey in memory of the sculptor, who was his friend. The sculpture was unveiled by the award winning international war photographer Don McCullin on March 29th 2010 and was accompanied by an exhibition of his photographs in the Bishop Henderson Conference room in the Palace during April 2010. Don McCullin has witnessed at first hand many of the violations against the world’s children - as he says, ‘looking at what others cannot bear to see.’ Speaking of his photography of children in extremis, McCullin observes that they are saying to him, ‘Please don’t allow this; please help me!’ A special area on the moat side of the Bishop’s Palace garden has been designated to site ‘The Weight of our Sins.’ It is hoped that the sculpture will provide inspiration, an opportunity for reflection and a challenge to all who view it. Thanks to the Bishop's Palace for this information.

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