Art defies death
December 30, 2007
Last year a young farmer was pumping up a tractor tire and it exploded in his face, killing him instantly.
He left a wife and young children, and a village in shock.
Yesterday, I passed his grave, which had until now been marked by a simple wooden sign and drawings from his children, and it had been transformed. (See photo)
This grave simply shouts out, ‘We defy death’. Instead of a heavy, traditional stone marker, metal has been sculpted into a simple celebration of life, his life and the continuing life of his family. The marker is rich with symbolism linked to the farmer’s birthplace, and the ring of vitally alive, dancing people in a circle are his family and dear ones, each named.
Art has been put into service here to defy death, to heal, to celebrate life!