A blog about life in London

St Martin in the Fields ‘Victims of Injustice and Violence’ Sculpture

St Martin in the Fields ‘Victims of Injustice and Violence’ Sculpture

For the very first time on Friday afternoon I walked through the big doors of St Martin in the Fields church. And what did I find as soon as I walked in but a beautiful and eye catching sculpture – Victims of Injustice and violence by Chaim Stephenson. The sculpture is dedicated to all victims of injustice and violence during the years of Apartheid. Dedicated in 1994 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

I have walked past St Martins in the Fields church countless times, I have admired the building numerous times from afar and I have even sat on the steps watching the world go by on a number of occasions so why it has taken me three years to enter is a mystery to me! Situated less than a minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Trafalgar Square this church provides the traveller with an oasis of calm from when to recharge your batteries.

Don’t just do the tourist thing – which is walk around admiring the architecture, the sculptures and soaking up the history – plonk your bottom down on a pew and indulge in a little bit of quiet contemplation and enjoy the break from the crazy world outside!

‘Victims of Injustice and Violence’ is not only a beautiful piece of artwork but it is a poignant reminder of darker days in South Africa’s turbulent history! The sculpture is of a school kid depicted carrying his dead friend!


  1. What a sad piece too. So many unjust things have happened around the world.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  2. Comedy Plus, very, very true.