72: Something Beautiful: Abandoned, Part 4

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

North of Cincinnati there was a church with a three-story statue of Jesus towering over a large pond in front of the very large Solid Rock Church. The artist designing it surely meant the arms to be raised in spirit — but didn’t get the angle or proportions right. The arms were raised all right, but in the spirit of sport, it seems, not soul. Known to locals as the “touch down” Jesus, the statue caught fire in an electrical storm and burnt to the ground a couple years ago. I tell you this because today’s image of abandonment is similar in scale. That’s where comparisons end.


This Jesus, at the bottom of the sea in Malta, has a look of concern and signals that this vast azure blue sea is open to all. Barnacled. My arms hurt imaging his outstretched for so many years. The giant is beautiful and unexpected and magnificent in scale especially next to the diver. How did he get there? Who’s idea was he? And why the bottom of the sea? There is much more to this story. I know it. Maybe he is wondering what the Papal Conclave is up to.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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4 Responses to 72: Something Beautiful: Abandoned, Part 4

  1. If it’s not a fake, it’s stunning !

  2. Bea Neal says:

    Has old Touchdown Jesus been rebuilt yet? Was not that the second lightening strike? Maybe Jesus doesn’t want to be rebuilt? Maybe he would rather the money be spent feeding and comforting the downtrodden.

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