“The spire is a structure of growth, a shoot springing skywards from the belly of a seed. The spire connects earth to heaven, matter to spirit, it is the arm which stretches from the body of a building towards the sky, defying gravity; impossibly, impractically high.”


Caitlin Easterby’s Spire was commissioned to mark the change in identity of the former Holy Trinity Church, built as a direct response to the building’s atmospheric interior. Whilst Spire was designed to acknowledge the building’s history, as a church and architectural landmark, it also provided a symbolic focus for a period of transition, drawing attention to and encouraging participation in the new activities introduced by Fabrica.

Spire was a temporary, suspended structure built from scrap wood that had been worked with chalk, fire, oils and pigment that was surrounded by beach pebbles. Caitlin worked in Stanmer Park, Brighton for six weeks over the winter preceding the exhibition, stripping the wood and working into it with a range of materials before moving to Fabrica in mid-March of 1996 to assemble the structure.

Exhibition Visitor Comments

The placing of the stones is a great idea and really invites one to be a part of the integral folly of it all. I love it.

Love the shades of red and gold in the wood. A beautiful sculpture in a beautiful building.

Lovely. All sorts of resonances. Light, refreshing, ‘inspiring’ – dare I say it. Love the ‘whalebone’ shape of the entrance to the spire