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Bury St Edmunds Cathedral
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‘Grenouille set to work with professional circumspection. He opened his knapsack, took out the linen on which he had lain, and began to brush on the fatty paste. This job took time, for it was important that the oil be applied in thinner and thicker layers depending on what part of the body would end up lying on a particular patch of the cloth’.

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

 

This work was commissioned for Bury St Edmunds Cathedral and was due to open the day after 9.11 and the destruction of the World Trade Centre. The Cathedral authorities felt that the work, displayed on white blocks reminiscent of mortuary tables, would be too sensitive and provocative for public viewing - particularly as there were two American Air Force bases not far from Bury St Edmunds. The work was finally displayed on 18th September 2001. The Cathedral’s Book of Condolence included many positive comments written by people who found the art work comforting as it acted as a catalyst for their mourning.