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Christian Aid 'Poverty Over' touring sculpture

Complex and many-layered surface.  Vessel interior - Mel Howse
Installed in Southwark Cathedral - Mel Howse
Installed in Southwark Cathedral - Mel Howse
Eye to Eye - Mel Howse
Society's Eye - Mel Howse
A gaze from the depths of the poverty vessel - Mel Howse
Location: Cathedrals Nationwide
Mel Howse was commissioned by Christian Aid to create a sculpture for their 'Poverty Over' Campaign, a dramatic piece in enamelled steel. It was unveiled at Southwark Cathedral in January 2011 by Loretta Minghella the charity's director. It has toured some forty cathedrals and places of worship in Britain. It is not often a piece of art has the opportunity to appear in so many cathedral locations.

The key to the sculpture's message is in the juxtaposition of two huge spun steel vessels, the interiors of which represents inverted human eyes. The surreal and evocative piece draws the viewer in with its elevated and conspicuous eye representing society's conscious. As one approaches the second eye, looks up from the deep interior of the lower bowl, this is the eye of poverty. An unbalanced arrangement.

The surface of the steel vessels is a created by a complex web of fired enamel.

The piece was sold at auction by Ewbank Auctioneers in 2015.

Size: 2.2m height
Date: Designed 2010, installed Jan 2011 and toured until 2014