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Sts Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Saldus
Last autumn Sts Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church was opened in Saldus. The event has brought visible changes into the lives of the townspeople of Saldus.
The church was built on donations collected in Latvia and in foreign countries, and the works were finished in 2008. In order to achieve the most expressive result possible, Latvian artists and craftsmen were also involved. The author of the retable is Sandis Aispurs, a fourth year student at the Academy of Arts of Latvia who performed the entire work from the design idea sketch to the installation of sculptures. The size of the piece is truly impressive – 3x8m.
Creating a piece of art to be displayed in church has always presented an immense creative challenge for an artist, as it requires not only high artistic value but also a deeply spiritual approach. The church Saldus is not the only venue where Sandis Aispurs's religious art is displayed.
One of his major works is the altar at the St Magdalena's Church in Riga (a diploma piece at the Riga Crafts School). In a further development of the idea started in the Saldus church, the artist has now completed a plaster-cast relief titled "The Way of the Cross" consisting of 14 parts, each about 1X1.5 m in size. Each station on the Way of the Cross is an expressive and emotionally loaded piece of art.