Art: From the Ruins

It took only five minutes for Scottish Architect Basil Spence, standing in the bombed-out shell of Coventry Cathedral one day in 1950, to conceive a design for the new cathedral. "I knew my task was to design a new building linked to the old which would stand for the triumph of the Resurrection," Sir Basil wrote later. "The ruins were the Old Testament, the new cathedral would be the New. The idea of the design was planted in my mind and never changed." Last week Architect Spence stood again at Coventry, this time to...

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