Celtic Cross



Celtic Cross

3.2m x 0.8m
Cedar wood and crystals

 

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

When l began this sculpture l didn’t know it was going to be  the first one of nine sculptures of WoodHenge. l did not know that carving the celtic cross was as symbolic  as l would later realise. Trained in the classical taught me the skills European classical carving is like studying a fashion and l studied but it is just coping styles what came before me but when it came to carving the Celtic cross  l returned to my ancient culture.



The Celtic cross with its Christian cross, the circle symbolic of the Sun God. Within the cross are interlacing knot work that the Celts used as a form of meditation as the interlacing has no beginning and no end.

The Celts believed that the human head was the seat of all power so the heads were always portrayed larger than the rest of the body. The body was never created in the classical sense with detail  to proportions or features as the Celts believed that this wasn’t necessary, as the viewer only needed to 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 as Celts had a 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