For the submission to the statutory committee, we provided a computer-generated image which gives an impression of what the mosaic will look like in situ. It is a fitting tribute to this great figure, and is in keeping with Cardinal Vaughan's wish that the mosaic decoration should include figures from the history of the church in England and Wales.
Tom has used a 'Victorian' palette of subdued colours, and in the background quotes from his earlier panel (also in the Holy Souls' chapel), which superimposes a cross upon a ladder as a symbol of the soul's ascent from Purgatory through the Cross of Christ. The quotation from Cardinal Newman reflects his and our strong desire that decoration in the Cathedral should not be mere commemoration, but a focus for prayer. For that reason, Tom Philips has portrayed Cardianl Newman with his eyes closed, emphasising that this is not just a portrait, but an invitiation to join the great Cardinal himself in prayer.
The design will now be rendered in mosiac by the Mosaic Workshop, and we hope that it will be in place within the year.