The Knockaloe Garden Sculpture - Cathedral Isle of Man

The Knockaloe Garden Sculpture - Cathedral Isle of Man

The Knockaloe Garden Sculpture forms a central focus to the 20th Century Garden Development at the Cathedral, Isle of Man.  It was designed by artist Angela Patchett with design devleopment, fabrication and installation by Chris Brammall. 

The garden looks at a period dominated by two world wars and a church having to come to terms with the unspeakable horrors of Auschwitz - Birkenau.  The Isle of Man - becuase of its geographical position - was used as a place of internment. During the First World War, Knockaloe was the largest enemy alien internment camp in the British Isles. 

The sculpture commemorates the German born Josef Pilates - who, within the constraints of internment invented exercises that are now used the world over and celebrated Art Noveau Artist Isle of Man born and bred Archibald Knox who was employed at the camp as a censor.

The sculpture design incorporates a sense of movement associated with Josef Pilates and features which celebrate the decorative artwork of Archibald Knox.  It stands at 3m in height and has a hand painted brick base and a plinth housing ceramic tiles and engraved stone which have been made by members of the Isle of Man community.

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