THE remains of a vestibule table destroyed by thieves after it was stolen from church have been used to construct a new work of art.
Criminals broke into Holy Innocents Church in Hammersmith two years ago and stole the table, smashed it to pieces and then abandoned it when they found nothing of value inside the drawers.
Parish priest Father David Matthews proposed the remains should be re-used, and Ghareman Maleki, an internationally renowned artist and sculptor who lives in Shepherd’s Bush, decided to turn the remains into a holy cross called The Cross of Love.
At a ceremony on Sunday last week, Archbishop Walter Makhulu blessed the cross and called the ceremony a ‘splendid occasion’.
Mr Maleki, who was born in Iran in 1974, said: “It was a very satisfying experience for me as a local artist and sculptor to create the cross and it was my way of expressing my love to the people around me.
“I am happy that I got the opportunity to give something back to my community.
“While building the cross, it generated a lot of energy within me that I could transfer back to it.”
Father Matthews called the cross ‘a simple but powerful work of art’, adding: “The fragments of table reformed as the cross speak of the transforming power of love in all our lives.”