Vincent Woropay: Hand with Chronos, Josiah Wedgwood
Born in London, of Polish parents in 1951, Vincent Woropay moved to Los Angeles in 1964 with his family and returned to England to study at the Salesian College in Battersea. From 1974 – 1977 Woropay studied sculpture at Brighton Polytechnic Before moving on to the Slade School of Fine Art from 1977 – 1979.
Woropays creation ‘Hands with Chronos’ was commissioned for the National Garden Festival at Gateshead in 1990 and is now situated on platform two at Stoke-on-Trent railway station.
Woropays previous work often included the use of sculptured hands, ‘Hand with Chronos’ is no exception. The sculpture depicts a small figure standing in the open palm of a large upright hand. The figure is shown with the head of a lion, a snake wrapped around his body and a pair of small wings sprouting from his hips. He holds a short staff and key.
The sculpture alone poses a juxtaposition of two ideas whilst the lions head, key and wings suggest freedom and power the snake wound round is body and its position in a large hand suggests entrapment and shelter.