Celtic Cross



Celtic Cross

3.2m x 0.8m
Cedar wood and crystals

 

The first of the nine WoodHenge sculptures to emerge was the Celtic Cross.

When I began this sculpture I didn’t know it was going to be the first of nine, nor that carving the Celtic cross would be as symbolic as I would later realise. My training in the European classical method taught me many skills in copying historic styles, but when it came to the Celtic cross I returned to my ancient culture through listening to and allowing the wood to reveal to me what I should carve.



The Celtic cross combines both the Christian cross and the Circle symbolic of the Sun God. Within the cross the interlacing knot work, used by the Celts as a form of meditation, bears no beginning and no end.

Believing the human head to be the seat of all power, the Celts always portrayed heads as larger than the rest of the body, which never followed classical proportions or features – the Celts believed this wasn’t necessary, as the viewer need only recognise that the  figure presented was human.

The carving on the sculpture of the animal with the human head shows that the Celtic shamans had the ability to enter the astral plain and shape shift from human to animal.  Animals were often used in art work like the abstract intertwined dog at the base, representative of the Celts deep connection and understanding of animals and all living things.

 

 


The WoodHenge Carvings


Celtic Cross Human Butterfly Lady of Light Male and Female
Mother and Child Mother Earth Return to the Source The Rising Goddess Tree of Life