Beyer’s work is deliberately irregular and often misunderstood as a result. Despite this, his work has endured because of its ability to stop people in their tracks and communicate. He was inspired by early Christian sculpture and inscriptions, particularly in Roman catacombs and sough to rekindle their primal, personal spirit.
Beyer saw every letter as a work of art. Peter Foster said that Beyer “treated every job as a deadly serious creative work, so his designs were very carefully made and beautiful in themselves. He would draw the letters on to the stone freehand and cut a line ... Whereas I was trying to get a perfect v-cut and tidy shape, Ralph was playing with light - he would chop into one side more than the other, deepening some places, widening others, cupping his hand over the letters to see how the light fell”.
There are eight Tablets of the Word set on the walls of the New Cathedral.