Capturing the peace and love of Holy Family

The Holy Family sculpture in the grounds of Mandurah Catholic College in Western Australia (The Catholic Leader)

A Gold Coast sculptor has spent the past two years creating a statue of the Holy Family, which now stands in the grounds of a school in Western Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.

“It has been one of the most important projects I have worked on and it has a very special meaning … family is the most important thing to me,” Linda Klarfeld said after the work was unveiled at Mandurah Catholic College, south of Perth.

“My brief was to create a work that shows strength, purpose and dignity – to create a family that is a model of love and peace. While holding on to traditional themes, it still has a contemporary flavour that we can relate to.”

For Ms Klarfeld the project started by trying to set a scene for Joseph, Mary and young Jesus. She chose a domestic setting, with Joseph in his workshop showing Jesus a new toy (a carved dove) he made for him.

“I made Mary into a modern woman, without the veil,” Ms Klarfeld said. “I put her hand on Joseph’s shoulder to show the love and unity between them and to connect the three figures with touch.

“It was very important that the figures had eye contact with what was important to them. “To Mary and Joseph, it is Jesus. To Jesus, it is the dove, a reflection of the natural world and the (Holy) Spirit.”

The work contained a lot of symbols – lilies to show the family is the Holy Family, an empty bowl to show Mary can provide with God’s help, and a dove, the traditional symbol of peace and the Holy Spirit.

Ms Klarfeld’s works include both religious and secular themes, and her subjects have included Tony Abbott, Gai Waterhouse, Victor Chang, and cricketers Keith Miller and Bill Woodford.

But her passion is for sculptures with a religious theme, and her favourite is a sculpture of St John Paul II which stands proudly in the forecourt of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta.


Capturing the love and peace of the Holy Family in bronze, Gold Coast sculptor’s labour of love (The Catholic Leader

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