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Dream On
Size: 10”w. x 30”h. x 11”d.

A house represents kinship -- in this case, the kindred spirits of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. That Dream On  is a birdhouse represents the fleetingness of one’s earthly existence. At the same time, the evocation of birds, the natural world, implies rebirth, continuity and nurture (“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.” Matthew 6:26).

The sculpture’s base, its foundation, is abstract -- a notion, a thought, the beginning. The column connecting the conceptual to the concrete (the raised house) is a limb -- natural, like a strong right arm. The house is a dream, through acts of the flesh, given presence, become reality. Something good has been built.

The house is a shelter. It has three entrances -- it welcomes. Enter this house to remember, to receive comfort, to take heart. It takes an act of imagination to enter this house, to commune with its patron saints. It’s dark inside. Yet if we take the martyrs’ images with us, their words, and ponder them, a light glows within. That’s their legacy to us.

Despite their martyrdom, their ringing words continue to exhort us:

  • Abraham Lincoln = Honest Abe = seek Truth and tell it like it is.

  • John F. Kennedy = Ask Not = sacrifice for your brothers and sisters.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. = Dream On = “I have a dream,“ he said. Now Dr. King’s dream lives on through us. And through our acts it will be fulfilled.

If you’re interested in purchasing Dream On, or would like to learn more about my community involvement projects, please e-mail me at Rikn@ArtsEnrich.com, phone 509 362-5296, or write to me at P.O. Box 161, Marshall, WA 99020.

 

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