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Art to raise funds for cathedral
Some of the blocks from the All Flesh is Grass display
The handmade pieces of art contain natural materials
Blocks from a work of art that was on display on the floor of the Eastern Crypt at Canterbury Cathedral are being auctioned for its restoration fund.

Charles Millar's All Flesh is Grass was commissioned for the cathedral for the duration of last year's Lent - the six-week period leading up to Easter.

It was composed of 308 transparent blocks, each containing individual items fixed within them.

The auction at Kent Auction Galleries, in Folkestone, is on 10 November.

'Transience of life'

The handmade pieces, inspired by the message behind the quotation from Isaiah 40 "all flesh is grass", formed a "jewel-like carpet" of intricate, compound, polished crystal.

The work represents the transience of life and the value of creation in its many forms.

The blocks contain natural materials such as seeds and flowers together with more traditionally valuable items such as jewellery.

Many of the natural elements were gathered from the gardens at Lambeth Palace, where the artist keeps bees.


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