Original by Josephina de Vasconcellos MBE.
Cast in JB Formula by Lakeland Mouldings, limited edition of 50.
“Head of Sir Richard Branson”
(in JB Formula)
Sir Richard Branson had commissioned a £50,000 work from 97-year-old Josefina de Vasconcellos. The proposed work, Reconciliation (see Reconciliation), was the brainchild of the international ministry team at Coventry Cathedral, which works to reconcile zones of conflict world-wide. It would continue a series by Josefina de Vasconcellos, whose works on the theme began with a 1977 commission for Bradford University Peace Studies Department and full size versions of which can be seen in Coventry Cathedral ruins, at the Berlin Wall, at Stormont and in the Hiroshima Peace Building.
Finding the right pose for the head proved difficult and took some experiment on Josefina’s part. Her various meetings with him inspired her to write:
COEUR DE LION
“There is a man
For whom the East Wind bends;
The stars his guide
The Arctic Terns his friends;
To his heart belong;
And sadness – overcome
In silent song.”
From the book “Sculptor by Linda Clifford”