Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Droitwich, Worcestershire

One more from Mr Pippet

I wanted to show you one more mosaic from the church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria, Droitwich, the building that featured in the previous post. This image of St Philip shows the Apostle carrying bread, having been present at the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes (the “feeding of the five thousand”). According to St John's Gospel, Philip remarked of Jesus’ five thousand followers that, “Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.” The mosaic is also remarkable for the surrounding leaves and fruit, plus the charming population of birds with which the designer, Gabriel Pippet, enlivened the areas around the saint’s portrait.

Happy New Year to you all.


Peter Ashley said...

I love the way Mr.Pippit has made the birds so recognisable (well, almost)- a jay, thrush, magpie- and, I think, a nightingale? Happy New Year to you too.

bazza said...

I think Peter named all of the birds correctly but the image reminds me of Eastern Orthodox church decoration.
Philip, I hope you enjoy all 366 days of 2012.
Regards, Bazza

Ron Combo said...

Wonderful stuff by the wonderfully-named Mr Pippit. Buon anno anche a te Sig. Wilkinson!

Philip Wilkinson said...

Ron: Grazie!