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Signs of life at the Crypt Gallery
St Pancras Church currently is hosting a sculpture installation of two 6-metre pieces in bronze, Alien & Brothers, created by David Breuer-Weil. The sculpture installation is located in the church gardens accessible via the front gate to the right of the main church doors. The Gardens are open officially from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Thursday. The installation runs from September 13, 2018 to September 13, 2019.
The Alien is a humanoid figure 'crash landed in the earth' with its head buried in the dirt and its legs flailing in the air, in distress to free itself. The artist created the work with extraterrestrial aliens in mind and 'alien' as applied to refugees, in order to capture the 'difficulty of being an outsider.' The artist reflects on his family's personal experience as refugees arriving in England from Vienna in 1938: 'Sometimes immigrants hide their true identity beneath the surface, like this sculpture. Many of my works, both paintings and sculptures, explore the theme of belonging or alienation. But with this work I wanted to use a vast, breathing human form to express the profound feelings associated with these themes. And I needed the massive scale to portray the intensity of these emotions.'
Brothers with Alien in the background, Photo by Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church
The adjacent Brothers sculpture is of two humanoid figures joined at the head. The figures represent a variety of concepts: the sharing of minds, the connections humans build with each other, attempts to develop telepathy, the bridging of distances once deemed unbridgeable (through modern technological communication), and the two sides of good and evil. The piece is intended to be viewed from underneath directly below the arch looking up to the point of connection. The artist has textured the surface with pairings of brothers, famous examples (such as Cain and Abel), and personal ones, such as his friends and family.
St Pancras Church is home to the Crypt Gallery, a unique exhibition space in the crypt of the church. The gallery runs a full programme of variable exhibitions (typically contemporary on themes of reflection, current events, and mortality) throughout the year and is worth a tour after viewing the sculpture installation.