Water of Life

“The Water of Life” is a sculptural water feature located in the cloister garden of Chester Cathedral. According to Stephen Broadbent, the artist, it “presents the life changing encounter between Jesus and the woman of Samaria, as told in John’s gospel, celebrating the literal and spiritual, life-giving properties of water.”

The Water of Life 1

The Water of Life 2

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

16 Responses to “Water of Life”

  1. jesh stg

    Love these beautifully done sculptures, was well as your angles of capturing it. (As an artist) for the story it depicts, it may give a wrong (romantic) impression -but I guess I’ll have to say that to Stephen Boradbent.

    • Mark Simms

      I thought that too….that they looked more like lovers….so I was quite surprised when I read what it was supposed to depict.

      • jesh stg

        Yeah – the faces are too close – it makes it too intimate. Don’t know if you know the whole story, but this woman had had 4 husbands plus the one she was living with now – so I can understand it from that standpoint – only, he was the one who confronted her issues, and in the sculpture he takes a subservient position.

  2. Vicki

    Interesting sculpture/feature, Mark.
    I’ve never seen a bending figure like that.


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