Fallen Christ by Ronald Rae
A sculpture in granite, created in 2008 by renowned Scottish sculptor Ronald Rae, situated next to the MacLeod Centre.
The Fallen Christ, a sculpture in granite, was inspired by the point in the traditional Stations of the Cross when Jesus, carrying the cross, falls under its weight It was created in 2008 by renowned Scottish sculptor Ronald Rae, it is carved out of a single block of granite from Kemnay quarry, Aberdeenshire. It is situated next to the MacLeod Centre, Iona and is signposted. The sculpture stands on crofting land, where cattle and sheep graze, within view of a kitchen door and workshop, by the fence near the compost heap – on common ground, part of our daily lives. Here it is outside the ‘vallum’ – the ancient earthwork which formed the boundary of the Celtic monastery – outside holiness! Ronald Rae says ‘Christ could not choose where he fell’: this place feels right. This has become a down-to-earth holy place. See also: https://www.ronaldrae.co.uk/news/ronald-rae-visits-his-fallen-christ-sculpture-on-iona.