Sacrum lumen. Sacred light 

Having faith



Whatever our steps, large or small may seem probable. And underlying that in one form or another is a degree of faith that drives us blindly beyond uncertainty.


Life is inherently uncertain. And more often than not, critically reliant upon external forces beyond our control.

We hope. We pray. Or we just go with the flow. We have faith. We trust. Or not.


I’m often neither sure or interested as to what drives such pieces at times. I just go with the flow and try not to corrupt the process with a closed mindset. And I’m as much surprised by the outcome as everyone else!


Originally this piece was meant to be burnished in 24CT gold leaf, but you know what! having faith isn’t always 24CT gold sunlight. It’s often in our darkest hour, faith, and that of others is all we have. So be kind


Additional insight.


The right hand of the figure holds up faith. And the left hand lets slip doubt.

Both masculine and feminine in presence. With Apollo and Artemis inspired features and form.



Film/First man. 


I personally haven’t ever come across a more riveting account of what I am trying to convey here than Universal Pictures’ First Man, a story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.The movie explores the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.


Music of inspiration and drive.

Charged by a piece of music entitled Syna by Hosini. 



Having faith is the Cousin to a piece entitled Sapling that now resides with The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA)


First working sketch/idea for Having Faith.

Pen on paper. Signed and dated. Approximately W21xH30cm.


Having Faith

By P Wharton. 2018.


Approximate dimensions/W55cm/H98cm/D30cm.

Solid glass fibre. Internal Steel rod supporting structure. Weighty concrete and steel base. Resin platform base.

Due to its concrete base, this piece is very heavy and not a very mobile piece to be moving around.