zondag 31 mei 2009

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

'Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there'.

Pentecost (Ancient Greek: πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], pentekostē [hēmera], 'the fiftieth day') is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year, celebrated on the 49th day (7 weeks) after Easter Sunday - or the 50th day inclusively, hence its name. Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday. [source: Wikipedia]

My friend the artist and sculptor Wim van Willegen made this object. Three rather heavy pieces of steel were laser cut to reveal the shapes of three different leaves. To me the silhouettes of those leaves resemble a single licking flame in a way. And although the empty leaf forms are light as air, the raw material needed to define all three weighs heavily on the person carrying such a fiery tongue. And so it is with the responsability of Pentecost. Address all nations from coast to coast, but speak with prudence. Enjoy your celebration and all the linguistic skills you have gained on Whitsunday.

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