Flying Cross

St Martin’s is particularly proud of the Flying Cross sculpture which was designed and sculpted by George Wagstaffe, the well known Coventry based Sculptor and Artist, who has several works in the National Collection.  The Cross is mounted at the front of the Church behind the Communion Table.  The following is George Wagstaffe’s own explanation and reasoning behind the design: St Martin's Flying CrossThe Cross centres around the idea of God being at the centre of all creative forces. I have taken the subject of the crucifix as being the central ideal of creation, therefore, a creative symbol of Christianity.  The crown of thorns placed upon the head of Christ at the Crucifixion. I have used as my main them, a thistle; an organic plant forming the main symbol of the crucifix, thorns of the thistle at its heart, at its centre and at its beginning, the embryo. The idea is further embodied in the flying seed or pod form as plants will recreate by dispersing their seed, so does the Cross spread itself to the corners of men’s mind, symbolised by the locking form to the rear of the Cross. The Cross can be seen as a continual reproductive force, recreating, reproducing and life giving. George Wagstaffe – 1975 For further information regarding George Wagstaffe and his works click here: