Church Tower Detail
10 October 2022

The great cathedrals and the master artists bask in fame – and yet the everyday art of centuries might be obscure. A handful of creators become household names – their undeniable skill aligning perfectly with the politics of their patrons, the fashionable trends of specific times, the flow of favours and money, and blind dumb luck – while others have no reward but for creativity itself. This detail of a tower is from a historic but unknown church, in a historic but unknown town, made by a historic but unknown hand. And yet this piece converses with you if you just look at it. There are stories, in each of the little figures and the balcony-like edifices that frame them. But also on the surface of the bricks, the corners, the angles…

To create for the sake of money and fame is a gamble. But to create because it is natural and inevitable, and for its own sake, and to express the soul… well, that’s more of a sure thing.

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.