Risen Christ Sculpture
Artist Sebastian Touret's descriptions of the Risen Christ sculpture:
It is quite an impressive mission to fine oneself having to represent Christ.
Is it even possible to show Him? We can evoke Him through an attitude, a gesture, within the challenges of carving and the reality of a material-oak wood in this case.
This oak, not long ago, was a living tree full of sap. It was cut down and became a beam, in a neat square shape, and lifeless.
The sculptor seizes it, and work begins as the precise tools bring out the sawdust and shavings.
The beam loses its rigidity, its inertia.
Thanks to your commissioning of the sculpture and to the sculpting work, a character appears-a man. The wood has become living, the most alive of the Living, the Risen Christ resurrected. He comes out of the tomb, springing from his shroud.
This sculpture has a twinned presence in Paris, which I sculpted with my late father, Jean Touret, for the Chapel of Orphans in d'Auteuil.
With hope this sculpture lives up to the huge ambition of the humble sculptor: creating an invigorating presence in this place of yours and in your midst.