Calling the Fathers

41” H x 14” W x 14” D

Edition of 25

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8’6” H x 34” W x 46” D

Edition of 15

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The idea that there is something bigger than ourselves, and using symbols of the physical world as metaphors to express spiritual ideas, has always been a strong motive in creating art.  In my piece, Calling the Fathers, I’m drawing on historic Native American legends to tell a story I believe we have in common.  For the Plains Indians, the buffalo was central to life and religion.  The buffalo skull at the base of the sculpture symbolizes how life on earth begins and then moves on.  The eagle at the top of the sculpture symbolizes the other side, the infinite freedom of the sky.  The lone figure at the center, by way of a drum and ceremonial fire, is seeking guidance by summoning the spirits.  The smoke from the fire is sometimes thought of as the Breath of the Great Spirit.  This smoke becomes a bridge linking the earth and the sky, and thus might be a way to carry ones’ prayers.

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