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Veronica wipes Christ's Face

09 Veronica wipes Christs face


6. Veronica wipes Christ’s face: Lubetkin’s Penguin Pool, London Zoo.

The simultaneously austere sepulchre-white and sensuous curves of Lubetkin’s modernist architecture provide the foreground for Veronica’s wiping of Christ’s face. Their drama is located in the slot of space in the right-hand margin of the composition. As with the second Station, I sought a space where, on a quiet day, few people would notice the strange procession. Zoos have an odd attraction; artificial captive worlds where exotic and tragic realities mix. Here the two helices entwine but do not touch; forming a circular shadow on the water.