Impressive & Topical, 20′ Statue Of 140 Migrants Installed In St. Peter’s Square — By Canadian Sculpture.
Impressive. I am told the first statue to be installed in St. Peter’s Square in 400-years!
Extremely topical subject both in the U.S. and Europe. So, the timing is impeccable. The statue is by Canadian Timothy Schmalz and is called ‘Angels Unaware‘. He is best known for his ‘Homeless Jesus‘.
I like both statues, BUT I will confess that when I saw the pictures of ‘Angels Unaware’ I was immediately — and I mean like at once — reminded of one of my favorite sculptures, Rodin’s ‘The Burghers of Calais‘. Again a story of those forsaken. Yes, Rodin’s only has 6 people. It was just the overall look and theme.
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Come on. Let me hear you say ‘Aaahhhh!’ — with feeling.
Doesn’t it warm the cockles of your heart.
A sculpture at the ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center‘ (DHMC), in Lebanon, N.H. Despite how special it is, this is tucked away, on the 5th floor (depending on how you count the floors), off the beaten-track. I was exploring and bumped into it.
Wanted to share with you given it is Valentine’s Day and all.
I know these folks and they are very nice people. We visit their magical gallery & garden, in Northeast Harbor, Maine — i.e., ‘Acadia‘ — at least once a year. We have even chatted about Buddha statues.
I am in no way trying to cast aspersions but when I saw this it got me slightly puzzled and concerned.
Shouldn’t this be in a museum? In the scheme of things it is not that old, but, it is old enough and no doubt also rare.
I would hate to see it end up in someone’s house as a decoration or worse still as a garden decoration. Heaven forbid it ending up in some corner of a Chinese restaurant.
My point is very simple. This appears to be a statue that warrants some high level attention and care.
I am going to see if I can get a Buddhist temple to show some interest in it. That is all.
What I find most incongruous is that this is Vermont which doesn’t let McDonald’s have their iconic arches or permit any billboards. But, somebody can get away with this. I am delighted BUT it just seems fishy. Not all kosher.
OK, so I think I understand the ‘waivers’ that protect it. It is NOT advertising a business or service, so it is NOT considered a sign. Any sign would be regulated. This is deemed to be Public Art. I will buy that, but there has to be limits. It then appears that ‘giving the middle finger‘ is normally protected by the First Amendment. I can understand that. So, that is what probably allows this to bypass any obscene ordinances. But, but, but … Just doesn’t feel right.
What about height?
I am sure I couldn’t get away with this in New Hampshire.
What happens if these 15′, 700-pound statues start popping up everywhere around the country?
Yes, I know that the mahout thinks he is doing something NOBLE. And I really don’t want to criticize the mahouts. They are typically not the most educated of folks and their skills are in dealing with elephants.
But Buddhist monks and others, better educated, should prevent this from taking place.
IF an elephant, on its own volition, wants to kneel or pay homage in any other way, to a Buddha statue or anything Buddha-related, I am ALL IN FAVOR. That is fine.
But do NOT make a noble animal do something that it has no idea as to why it is doing so. That is not cricket.
A domesticated, tame elephant, 99% will do whatever it is asked to do. But, come on. This is NOT right.
This upset me. As you may know I do not totally object to elephants being made to perform because like dogs they like to please. But we need to have limits.
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Given that in at least the last 10 of my books I have stated in the Preface that ‘Typo’ is my middle name, I can relate to a somewhat Freudian typo such as this. What was Alexander or was it Regina thinking as they typed that caption? The mind boggles.
I have noticed that the U.K. Daily Mail, my all time favorite newspaper, that I read every morning, while lying in bed, drinking a cup of coffee and listening to CNBC, has quite a few typos of late. I fully appreciate, doing this blog, how easy it is for that to happen when you are typing like crazy to get something posted. What cracks me up is that they don’t get around to correcting them. They must, given the millions who read them, get feedback. It is cute. It amuses me and makes me realize that others too suffer from my impediment. It does, however, suck.