Penn, Tyndale and Chatterton by Lawrence Holofcener
William Penn, William Tyndale and Thomas Chatterton by Lawrence Holofcener continue Bristol’s tradition of commemorating eminent people from the City’s past through publicly sited sculpture.
Spanning three centuries Penn, Tyndale and Chatterton were all communicators who left a lasting legacy through the founding of Pennsylvania (Penn), the translation of the Bible (Tyndale), and poetry (Chatterton).
The nature of Holofcener’s sculptures invite the public to interact with them – to temporarily distract them from their work.
Lawrence Holofcener’s informal group of three very different men from three different centuries, all with a strong Bristol connection, provides an opportunity for visitors to At-Bristol to reflect on their relevance today.
Tyndale (1492 – 1536) translated the bible into the vernacular from the Greek ‘original’, and was among the first to recognise the power of the printing press.
Penn (1644-1718) was a Quaker and an outspoken advocate of civil and religious liberty. As the founder and proprietor of Pennsylvania he sought to create an ideal Christian commonwealth and his efforts advanced the American tradition of freedom of worship.
Chatterton (1752-1770) was a poet - an original genius as well as an adept imitator, he used 15th century language but a modern approach.
After failing to get his work published he killed himself at 17.
Poet, playwright, novelist, actor, director and sculptor, Lawrence Holofcener is perhaps best known for Allies – the life-size bronze which is a tribute to the partnership between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt which has become one of London’s most appealing attractions.
He was born in the U.S. and is both a U.S. and UK citizen.
A single drop of blood contains about 5 million red blood cells