Christ Child (sculpture)

Coordinates: 51°30′32″N 0°07′37″W / 51.508845°N 0.127009°W / 51.508845; -0.127009
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Christ Child
The sculpture in 2008
Year1999; 24 years ago (1999)
MediumPortland stone
LocationLondon, WC2
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′32″N 0°07′37″W / 51.508845°N 0.127009°W / 51.508845; -0.127009

Christ Child, also known as In the Beginning or the Millennium Sculpture,[1] is an outdoor sculpture by Michael "Mike" Chapman, located under the portico of St Martins-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square in London, United Kingdom. The opening text from the Gospel of John is inscribed around the sculpture: "In the beginning was the word and the word became flesh and lived among us".[1] Chapman has said of the sculpture: "For the millennium I was commissioned to produce a sculpture to be placed in Trafalgar square, during Christmas prior to the celebrations. It seemed to me that a tiny life-size baby carved from stone in such an enormous environment would be the best way to remind us all of just whose birthday we were celebrating. In a 4.5 tonne block of Portland stone, this work can be found at the entrance to the church."[2] It has been called "strikingly modern".[3]

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  1. ^ a b "St Martins-in-the-Fields, London: Trail Answers and Explanatory Notes for parents, teachers and accompanying adults" (PDF). St Martins-in-the-Fields. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Portfolio: Christ Child". Archived from the original on 23 July 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ Wayne, Robert S. (2004). Royal London in Context: The Independent Traveler's Guide to Royal London. Independent Int'l Travel. p. 40. ISBN 9780972022880. Archived from the original on 15 April 2022. Retrieved 23 August 2014.

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