It’s a really hot day in June as I write this. I’ve just a few thoughts to share regarding two beautiful, inspiring sculptures that have caught my eye over these last few weeks.
The first ‘The Fountain of Tears’ is a stunning figurative sculpture powerfully portraying the Crucifixion and the Holocaust. Rick Wiekene the artist calls it “A Dialogue of Suffering”. It took him 7 years to complete and its 7 panels follow the last 7 words Jesus spoke. I happened to see two programmes of Rick explaining its making and expressing all that was captured in these striking figures.
It must be incredible in real life. The sculpture that got to me the most was the one below ‘ The Butterfly’. It revolves to display, on the one side, a young child in a foetal position next to a gas oven. On the other, it reveals a hand which hangs out of the gas oven, holding a lump of grass and next to the hand, a butterfly. My heart ached and I had to look away for a few seconds…
You can see a short film describing more of the detail on YouTube.
The second sculpture that caught my attention was at the Fresh Air Exhibition of Contemporary sculptures in Quenington that I went to with a dear friend from my Devon days. The sculpture, by David Watkinson, was of a very large orchid. But what was so eye catching in the sun was the gold leaf inside the cup of the flower.
Ooh, how the inside of these flowers gleamed! They were gorgeously radiant and really captured my imagination! I had recently read about the temple King Solomon built for God and how much gold he used to cover so many parts of the building.
When I looked at this one flower I thought of the magnitude of that temple. How it must have shone! Can you imagine?! I’ve been into a stunning church building in Italy before, where the beauty of the décor literally took my breath away. The gleaming brilliance of the Temple would have far outweighed that. No wonder it was fitting for God’s glory!
As I reflect on the images above I’m reminded of a scripture in the book of Job in the Bible, that, to me, links these beautiful sculptures together. It’s the verse where Job declares that when he has been through the testing and refining process ” I will come forth as gold…”
Whatever refining we are going through on our journey, whether pain, fear, frustration, grief, or persecution, be assured, that our Great Big God sees all of our tears, counts each one and tells us, who believe and trust Him, that we will shine like gleaming gold one day.