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Sculptor donates marble tree to Cambridge college


A Cambridge college has taken delivery of a massive marble sculpture.The artwork, by Helaine Blumenfeld, is made out of Italian marble and took a year to complete.Entitled ‘Tree of Life: Encounter’, the 3m (10ft) high work bears three giant intertwined leaves.It’s new home is the courtyard of the Woolf Institute, a college with links to the city’s university and which aims to encourage tolerance between people of all beliefs.

Live updates from Cambridgeshire’Powerful statement’Ms Blumenfeld, 74, who has lived in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester since 1970, and has donated the artwork for free said the sculpture is inspired by the interfaith work at the institute.”It is a powerful statement of the struggle for unity, with three strands joining together at the base and moving upward through dissonance and chaos to a beautiful flowering of hope,” she said.The biblical inscription on the foundation stone reads “A threefold cord is not easily broken,” – taken from Ecclesiastes.

Institute director, Dr Edward Kessler, said: “It’s message is central to the work of the Woolf Institute as encounter is key to fostering understanding between religions. American-born Ms Blumenfeld works can be seen in Canary Wharf and Hyde Park – with other pieces in place around Cambridge and in the university’s Clare College grounds.
Source: BBC Cambs