Peace Fountain


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“The Peace Fountain is a 1985 sculpture and fountain located next to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in the Morningside Heights section of New York City by Greg Wyatt, sculptor-in-residence at the Cathedral. The sculpture depicts the struggle of good and evil, as well as a battle between the Archangel Michael and Satan. The sculpture also contains the Sun, the Moon, and several animals. Although it is called a fountain, there is currently no water on the site. A plaque at the base contains the following inscription:

Peace Fountain celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil, and sets before us the world’s opposing forces—violence and harmony, light and darkness, life and death—which God reconciles in his peace.When the fountain operates, four courses of water cascade down the freedom pedestal into a maelstrom evoking the primordial chaos of Earth. Foursquare around the base, flames of freedom rise in witness to the future. Ascending from the pool, the freedom pedestal is shaped like the double helix of DNA, the key molecule of life. Atop the pedestal a giant crab reminds us of life’s origins in sea and struggle. Facing West, a somnolent Moon reflects tranquility from a joyous Sun smiling to the East. The swirls encircling the heavenly bodies bespeak the larger movements of the cosmos with which earthly life is continuous.

Nine giraffes—among the most peaceable of animals—nestle and prance about the center. One rests its head on the bosom of the winged Archangel Michael, described in the bible as the leader of the heavenly host against the forces of Evil. St. Michael’s sword is vanquishing his chief opponent, Satan, whose decapitated figure plunges into the depths, his head dangling beneath the crab’s claw. Tucked away next to the Sun, a lion and lamb relax together in the peace of God’s kingdom, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah.”

A Matter Of Perspective


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And from a slightly shifted position, a few steps to the left (note the shadow as well):


“Doble Creu” by Carles Berga

Castell de Montjuic

Barcelona, Spain

See this video for more perspectives:


More at Carles Berga

Jesus’s Magic Square


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From an exterior wall of the Sagrada Familia Church designed by Antoni Gaudi.

Barcelona, Spain


The sum of the numbers in every row is 33.

The sum of the numbers in every column is 33.

The sum of the numbers in each diagonal is 33.

The sum of the numbers in the four corners is 33.

The sum of the numbers in the center 2×2 square is 33.

The sum of the numbers in each 2×2 square in each of the corners is 33.


Go Ask Alice


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Alice in Wonderland, sculpted by José de Creeft.

Legend has it that the Mad Hatter’s features are those of George Delacorte, who paid for the statue.

Central Park, near East 75th Street

New York, New York

The Outsider Artist and His Art Outside


A while ago I had the happy accident of running across an outdoor mural by outsider artist Don Porcella. You can see the previous piece I did about the mural here (along with a photo of it) and read some of the thoughts that arose for me here. I interviewed Don last week for the Arts Express radio program; the show—and the interview—is running this week on 40+ Pacifica radio station affiliates across the country.

You can hear the fascinating conversation I had with Don by clicking the grey triangle above. I’ve also posted above a photo of the Shanghai Woman pipe cleaner sculpture which he talked about in the interview.

To hear the entire one-hour Arts Express broadcast you can click here.