Miquel Barceló (1957), painter and sculptor.
The installation, constructed from 2001 through 2006, is located in the right-hand apse of Saint Peter’s Chapel at Palma de Mallorca, and represents the miracle of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish for his followers.
Cracked ceramic covers the chapel’s walls creating a cavelike feel while sculpted fish, bread, fruit, and human skulls feature prominently in the panoramic relief. The chapel’s stone furniture and darkened stained glass windows complete the scene’s dramatic effect.
The artist, who was born in Majorca, said he had tried to respect the colouring and atmosphere of the cathedral, painting the chapel windows in grey to keep a sombre tone. “The things contemporary artists do in historical spaces are often a disaster,” he said.