bronze, ht: 12"/30 cm (scale model)
Sited in a garden in downtown Helena, Montana
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
|Who Gives All Gifts
Who Gives All Gifts, bronze, 8 ft. in height
-a memorial to Bob and Polly Holmes
and all those who give of themselves for the sake of the community.
come pretty close to breaking the second commandment with this
piece. It is a graven image, a figure expressing the essence of
genuine unconditional love- Agape- as revealed to Christians through
Jesus who modeled the attitude of a loving God.
But I believe the commandment refers to our attempts to capture God, not our struggles to fathom the divine spirit of Love.
face hidden, a powerful and vulnerable figure bends over us, waiting in
infinite patience and tenderness for us to discover and appreciate the
gifts that are showered upon us — to use or discard as we will.
Though something in the long droop of splashing hair hints of ageless
sorrow, still there is a trusting innocence in the figure; perhaps a
willingness to be betrayed by frightened humans, again.
powerful, giving hand lies open and relaxed, in utter trust that we
human creatures will, in our own time, accept and honor the gift.
And then go and do likewise.