#chesterculture – Golgotha: a David Mach installation at Chester Cathedral

And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.…

David Mach’s gigantic sculpture Golgotha is currently installed in Chester Cathedral until 1st May 2016. First debuted in David’s 2011 “Previous Light” exhibition, which opened in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible; this is the first time that it has been exhibited in a sacred space.

David Mach is one of Britain’s leading sculptors and one of the most important names in international contemporary art. Born in March 1956 in Methil, Fife, Scotland, David Mach joined the Royal College of Art in 1979, experimenting with the ideas and techniques which he continues to develop today.

Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988, he was elected Member of the Royal Academy of Art in 1998. He is known for his impressive installations including, Temple at Tyre in Edinburgh, Polaris, a submarine made with hundreds of tyres and Here to Stay, a magazine installation in Glasgow to name but a few. Mach also made his mark with public sculptures such as Big Heids on the M8, Out of Order in Kinston Upon Tyne, made of collapsed telephone boxes, and the UK’s Portrait of a Nation, an epic collage commissioned for the Millennium Dome.

Throughout his career Mach has exhibited around the world. He continues to work to a furious schedule developing his artistic style based on assemblage of mass produced found objects … magazines, teddy bears, car tyres, matches, coat hangers, postcards, collage, pins – just about anything.

Such is the scale of the Golgotha installation that a specialist team took almost a full week to delicately manoeuvre the enormous pieces into place – as shown in this timelapse video when the sculpture was previously exhibited in Edinburgh.


If you’ve any spare pocket money, the sculpture is available for sale at a cost of £1,200,000.

Rumour has it, Chester Cathedral are planning to hold more contemporary art shows including one next year with pieces from the likes of Damien Hurst.

Could we possibly see the infamous Daka/Jaka scrawl of graffiti around Chester replaced with works by Lu$h, Wasted Rita and Banksy?

Only time will tell but we certainly hope so.

Golgotha – a David Mach sculpture
South Transpect, Chester Cathedral
Exhibiting until 1st May 2016
Free Admission


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