A sculpture made up of 50,000 keyboard keys depicting one of Da Vinci’s most recognisable paintings has gone on display at Dorchester Abbey.

The Last Supper sculpture took five years to create and will be available to see during daylight hours at the abbey for the next six months. The keys are arranged to create a mosaic effect on the artwork and make up both  verses from the Bible and single words for visitors to discover.

Reverend Jane Willis said: “It is slightly larger than life size. The outline is the shape of Jesus and his disciples sitting round the table. It’s quite dynamic – the way they are all moving and responding to one another in it.”

Reverend Willis first saw the sculpture when she visited a church in Windsor and wished for the Abbey to host it. Plans moved quickly and within two and a half weeks her wish became a reality and the sculpture was installed.

She added: “I’m excited that we have the Last Supper with us for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. There’s so much we can do for adult discipleship, working with schools and beyond, as well as for day-to-day visitors. 

"I’m finding seeing people engaging with the sculpture as fascinating as the piece itself. Every time I go into the Abbey I find myself having great conversations about it.”