The Shape of Universal Ideas

 Update on the Archetypes sculptures in 2020: 

The exhibition in Cambridge has now come to an end and we are seeking permanent homes for each of the five sculptures. If you are interested in purchasing one of the sculptures and would like more information please contact Jonathan Tame (

The Archetypes sculptures explore five universal themes found in almost every culture and society. Liviu Mocan expresses them using 21st-century technology, whilst drawing inspiration from the 16th-century Reformation, a movement for spiritual and cultural reform that had an enduring impact on European society.

The exhibition is situated in the heart of Cambridge, the cradle of the English Reformation and now home to one of the world’s foremost universities – a global centre for learning, discovery and innovation.

The set of sculptures invite visitors into a multi-faceted conversation between history, faith, art and technology.

"Liviu Mocan’s superbly crafted sculptures draw the observer into an intriguing confluence of history, theology and politics that has shaped the Europe of today.


"Drawing on central affirmations - or ‘solas’ - of the Reformation, the sculptures serve as site-specific reminders of the dramatic happenings in Cambridge at the time, including the burnings of Martin Luther’s writings right next to Great St. Mary’s church.


"Yet, of more than mere historical value, the sculptures’ mesmerising and allusive qualities invite visitors from home and far away to ponder the enduring relevance and meaning of great archetypal human themes that still resonate today."

—  Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin (Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Kings College, London)


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