St Paul's Cathedral October 2011
St Paul's Cathedral
John Pawson installation in Geometric Staircase John Pawson installation in Geometric Staircase

Perspectives, designed by John Pawson in collaboration with Swarovski, has been installed in the cathedral's Geometric Staircase. The stunning installation references Wren's desire that his buildings should have a scientific purpose as it turns the staircase into its own viewing device.

A concave Swarovski crystal lens is located at the bottom of the stairwell. This sits within a much larger reflective surface - the upper plane of a metal hemisphere. A 2m wide spherical convex mirror is suspended at the top of the staircase, directly over the hemisphere. Together these optical devices result in a composite image of the view up through the tower and an elevated downward perspective.

The installation is in place until mid January 2011. Regular guided access is available to visitors during sightseeing hours. Check out images and video footage of the project on the Perspectives blog
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Forthcoming Events
Daily Worship at St Paul's
All are welcome to join us in worship at our daily services, click here to view our daily calendar. 
Sunday Organ Recitals
Organ recitals take place in St Paul's on Sundays at 4.45pm These recitals are free and last 30 minutes. All are welcome.   More »
Public Debate. Eve: Temptress, Feminist, Exile
Tuesday 4 October, 6.30pm
Woman is created from man's rib and causes the fall of humanity. What is this story really about, and what does it tell us about God and humanity? Join our debate. Admission is free and unticketed.
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Meditative Service: Sarah and Hagar
Sunday 9 October, 6pm
Sarah's long barrenness and use of her maid Hagar to get a son for her husband is a story of dark acts, jealousy and persecution, and yet she becomes the mother of God's chosen people. How can this dark story speak to us of God's love? All welcome.   More »
Public Debate. Moses: Liberator, Lawyer Stammerer,
Tuesday 11 October, 6.30pm
Moses is the great prophet, leader, liberator; the man who sees God face to face and lives. But he is also the abandoned baby, the stammerer, the founder of the nation who never sets foot in the promised land. Join our debate, Admission is free and unticketed.   More »
Meditative Service: David and Jonathan
Sunday 16 October, 6pm
Controversy abounds about whether David and Jonathan were lovers, but is this because in our oversexualised age we underestimate the love of friends? All welcome.   More »
Public Debate. Job: rebel, victim, visionary
Tuesday 18 October, 6.30pm
The story of Job is one of the most uncomfortable in the Bible. Does it really offer a coherent understanding of the relationship between God's love and human suffering? Join our debate. Admission is free and unticketed.
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Latest News
The People's Bible: Lovers, Poets, Sinners, Pilgrims The People's Bible: Lovers, Poets, Sinners, Pilgrims
This autumn, in debates about some of the most famous and controversial people in the Bible, we will hear from the worlds of Biblical scholarship, psychotherapy, contrasting theologies, cultural studies and fiction. The debates will be chaired by The Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor.

The series starts on Tuesday 4 October with Eve: temptress, feminist, exile. All the debates take place from 6.30-8pm and are free and unticketed.    More »
Oliver Caroe appointed next Surveyor to the Fabric Oliver Caroe appointed next Surveyor to the Fabric
Oliver Caroe has been appointed as the next Surveyor to the Fabric of St Paul's Cathedral. He will be responsible for advising the Dean and Chapter on all matters concerning the fabric and setting of the cathedral. 

The post of Surveyor has been held by a continuous line of architects since Sir Christopher Wren. Oliver will take over from the current Surveyor to the Fabric, Martin Stancliffe, when he retires from the cathedral on Christmas Day 2011 after 21 years of service to the cathedral.   More »
St Paul's Cathedral before Wren St Paul's Cathedral before Wren
This November, St Paul's and English Heritage will publish a major archaeological report about the cathedral: but not about the Wren building.  This book,St Paul's Cathedral before Wren, by cathedral archaeologist John Schofield, will be the first ever comprehensive account of all archaeological observations in and around the cathedral. They elucidate the history of the site from Roman times to about 1675, when the Wren cathedral began construction. These observations go back to the time of Wren, and in one case further, to 1316.   More »
Behind the scenes video: The Grand Organ Behind the scenes video: The Grand Organ
Check out our new video where cathedral Organist Simon Johnson takes us on a behind the scenes tour of the St Paul's Cathedral Grand Organ.  Simon discusses how the instrument was built, demonstrates the different sounds, and plays the Father Smith diapason; the same sound that Sir Christopher Wren himself would have heard.
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Remembering with Hope Remembering with Hope
On 11 September, a service took place to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the USA and the twentiethanniversary of the Fire Fighter's Memoriall Trust. The service remembered the terrorist attacks on the USA, and the sacrifice that members of the Fire service make in the course of their duty. The service also remembered all those people that have been victims of terrorist attacks in the cities of the world in recent years.

The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, Treasurer and Canon in Residence, who was himself in New York at the time of the attacks, preached. The readings and the prayers in the service were led by representatives of the Sept 11 UK Families Support Group, the Fire Brigade, companies whose US offices were attacked and the Awareness Trust.   More »
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