From Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
The dossal behind the altar - the world dossal is French and refers specifically to an altar hanging - was hung in 1990 and is yet another dramatic work of art created for the Cathedral by Beverley Shore Bennett. The centre panel depicts the overshadowing presence of Christ who promises to be present 'wherever two of three gather in my name'.
The two side sections contain symbols used for centuries in Church art and decoration. The three panels measure in total approximately 8.8 metres by 4.5 metres. The centre panel alone is made up of 4680 pieces and weighs 20 kilograms. Beverley Shore Bennett both designed and made the dossal, which took her three years to complete. It is made mostly with furnishing fabrics.
Further information about the dossal and how it was made can be found in the booklet 'The Dossal Hanging', available from the cathedral office.
Photo by Richard Apperley, 2009