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Baldacchino

The Blessed Cardinal Newman is to be made a saint in Autumn 2019. This monumental Baldacchino designed in honour of this event, would sit in the piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral on Victoria Street in London. It is modelled on the Baldacchino in St Peter’s in Rome, which Pope Urban VIII commissioned from GL Bernini in the 17th Century, to mark the grave of the first Bishop of Rome. Bernini’s Baldacchino acted as a setting for poets and musicians; as a sort of festive cosmic gateway. Our proposal houses a drinking fountain at its base, that can also function as a baptismal font. The crown above is plain on three faces, with niches waiting to accept stone carved Tondos of future saints. The fourth face will accommodate a Bas Relief sculpture of Saint John Henry Newman.

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