Long-term Loans of Artwork

Following the 2014 exhibition in the Close of Salisbury Cathedral, three of John Maine’s landscape works are on loan to Sarum College and on display in the quadrangle green.

These sculptures can be viewed from above by visitors to the college through various windows around the quadrangle, and at ground level.

Sanctuary 1

The underlying form of the sculpture is a circle contained by a square.
This two part work has been carved from two massive Scandinavian granite blocks which were formerly part of a Fife quayside. Evidence of their former life is seen as rust stains and deep holes drilled through the stone. The upper surface is worked level as part of the original quayside, and the outer edges remain as roughly cut joints. The circular form at the centre has been cut out as an essential feature of the sculpture and finely honed at an inclined angle.

Sanctuary 2

This work consists of a two meter diameter drum containing a triangular cavity.
The sculpture is constructed in two courses, the lower carved from granite and the upper from Portland limestone. Whereas the granite has the speckled surface of a material formed by the elements which crystallise from molten rock, the Porland stone is much younger ( 150 million years old) and has been formed beneath oceans by an accumulation of shell deposits. Within the matrix are numerous spiral shaped fossils.

Sanctuary 3

Here a triangular space is created within a sequence of raw quarry blocks. The outside of the sculpture is formed of natural surfaces. There is evidence of pink surface deposits in places, and one of the stones is in fact a glacial boulder.

This sculpture has the greatest contract between the original rock and the sharp saw cuts within.

– John Maine RA August 2014

John Maine Videos


Sculptor John Maine RA discusses the ideas behind his exhibition ‘Sanctuary’ installed at Salisbury cathedral from February to July 2014.



Providing some background to John Maine’s 2011 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The sculptor describes his process and the inspiration he drew from the Medieval Cosmati Pavement in the Sanctuary of Westminster Abbey.



John Maine discusses setting up his work in the Royal Academy courtyard.



John Maine interview from STONE project