Silent Witness


“How suddenly we find the flesh of God within us after all, when we thought we
were only made of dust.”

Orson Scott Card, “Speaker for the Dead”

I found this bird in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, at the Vatican, the ultimate symbol of the wealth of the Church. Just outside the walls, people live in hovels so I moved the bird to straddle both expensive marble and dirty cobblestones. The bird is a recurrent personal symbol in my work and represents all the senseless killing perpetrated on the innocent by terrorism and wars of acquisition. Here the bird shows that neither the very rich nor the very poor are immune from the results of acts of war.

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