The Sculpture and Garden of St. Peter at the Cranbourne Campus was blessed by Bishop Christopher Prowse as part of our St Peter’s Feast Day in 2012. While our Opening Mass held in February 2016 saw the St. Peter Sculpture at the Clyde North Campus blessed by Bishop Patrick O’Regan.
The sculpture at our Cranbourne Campus produced by artist Bart Sanciolo captures beautifully the contrasting human qualities of Peter, the apostle that denied Jesus but loved him the most. The aim of this captivating work is to not only enhance our identity proudly as a Catholic school but also become a place where we can reflect on what Jesus asked of Peter, how he responded and what this means in our own lives.
Thank you all who have contributed to the Sculpture and Garden of St. Peter, Artist Bart Sanciolo, the students whose art work adorns it, the staff whose thoughts on Peter helped bring it to life and the Parents & Friends Association whose generous donation has made this tribute to Peter possible.
At our Clyde North Campus in February 2016 during the Opening Mass, Bishop Patrick and Ms Kirkwood, (CEO Sale Director) unveiled the new sculpture of St. Peter (by artist Jenny Steiner), which is located on the new Avenue, marking the student entrance into the school via the Gates of St. Peter, which have been symbolically designed as the steel fish netting of the fisherman, (by Karl Russo).
As a school community we endeavour to follow in the footsteps of St. Peter, and we hope the rich symbolism that these two talented artists have created will inspire us to bring alive the charism of our Patron Saint on a daily basis. The interpretive panel that Artist Jenny Steiner has placed on the sculpture of St. Peter captures her thoughts and reflections on the wonderful and inspiring faith journey that is the life of Peter the Fisherman.
“St. Peter had great faith and at times was plagued by self-doubt and uncertainty. He was strong willed and courageous in the pursuit of his beliefs, but also vulnerable and weak – as with his denial of Christ. Although flawed and a sinner, he was chosen first by Jesus and others looked up to him. It is thus fitting that this bronze statue has a sense of ambiguity about it”.
“St. Peter is kneeling in water on a rock (Petrus, his namesake) reaching out. Is he reaching for Jesus for help as he momentarily loses his faith and sinks into the waters, or is he welcoming those coming through the College gates, beckoning them to join him? Are they joining him in his journey of faith and following in his footsteps – or are they entering heaven?”
“His strength of character is represented by the strength of his physique seen through his clothing. Strong winds represent the difficulties he faced in his journey – but never giving in, he continued to carry on. The cape-like stainless steel fisherman’s net is detached, having been ripped from him taking fragments of his clothing with it. He has severed ties with his life as a fisherman to join Jesus and become a fisher of people. He clutches the symbolic keys to the Kingdom of Heaven in his left hand”.
“There is a cross incorporated in the net falling away from St Peter’s shoulders. Is it the right way up or is it an inverted (Petrine) cross such as that upon which he was crucified? It could be either – depending on which way you are going, which path you are taking”. Jenny Steiner Artist