Cornish Mutual helps Truro Cathedral display sculpture by local artist

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Cornish Mutual has supported one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks to house a sculpture by local artist, the late Michael Finn.

The South West insurer sponsored the installation of the Finn Cross, which is now on permanent display at Truro Cathedral. The cross is situated in St Monica’s Chapel in the retro-choir, creating a space of peaceful reflection for the community. Cornish Mutual’s support included funding the design and lighting of the space in which the bronze sculpture is displayed.

Michael Finn was a painter, sculptor, visionary teacher and principal of Falmouth College of Art who flew as an RAF pilot in the Battle for Europe 1944-45. Towards the end of his life, Michael produced several bronze crosses and in 2009, seven years after his death, an exhibition of his work was held in the cathedral. This exhibition inspired Canon Philip Lambert to organise the commissioning of one of Finn’s bronze crosses for a side chapel in the cathedral.

The installation of the Finn Cross is the culmination of a seven-year fundraising campaign and support from the local community. The Cathedral also collaborated with Falmouth University, with students designing and constructing the glass plinth on which the 18-inch cross sits. 

Cornish Mutual Managing Director Alan Goddard said: “Truro Cathedral is one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks. It is an important space for the community, running a busy programme of events as well as offering pastoral support and a peaceful haven in the heart of the city.

“The Finn Cross is a stunning piece of work that embodies the cathedral’s strong links with the local area. I have no doubt that it will provide a space for local people and visitors to reflect.

“Here at Cornish Mutual we are committed to supporting our local communities across the South West. It is fitting for Cornish Mutual to support such an important development in Truro, which is home to our headquarters. We know that Truro Cathedral is an important place for many of our Members and hope they will enjoy seeing the Finn Cross.”

The Dean of Truro, the Very Reverend Roger Bush, said: “We are elated to house this important piece of art here at Truro Cathedral and we are incredibly grateful to the many people whose hard work and support have made it possible. The glass platform upon which the cross sits and the creative way in which it is lit has ensured the whole display is truly striking. The cross itself seems to defy gravity, with various brass blocks seemingly being held together by themselves.

“It is at once disorienting and profound and we extend sincere thanks to Cornish Mutual for their fantastic support and commitment to ensuring the cross is displayed in the most beautiful, fitting and arresting way.”