Deborah Harrison

Look and Live by Deborah Harrison
Look and Live

This metal sculpture combines an image from the Old and New Testament.

According to the Old Testament (Numbers 21), in response to the complaining Israelites, God sent firey snakes whose bite could cause death. They prayed for mercy, and God's remedy was to command Moses to set a bronze serpent on a pole, so that whoever looked upon it would live. In the New Testament (John 3:14), Jesus describes himself as being like that bronze snake that Moses lifted up and that whoever believes in Him, would have life everlasting. The images are thus connected as they both brought life.

Despite the Old Testament account preceding the Greeks by a thousand years, the symbol of the snake on the pole is accredited to the Greek deity Asclepius (the Rod of Asclepius). It still represents healing and medicine and it appears on the logos of many global organisations (e.g World Health Organisation and Emergency Services).

It uses cast off parts of todays world: A Volkswagen number plate for the INRI sign (Jesus the Nazarene King of the Jews) and Volkswagen head light holder for the head of Christ. A cast off remnant of 1.6mm rusted sheet of steel, for his body. A steel girder and angle irons, for the base and the cross and and barbed wire for a crown of thorns, all from a rubbish dump. Finally, an old firemans hose for the firey snake.

The Christ is stretched between the upper plain of heaven and the ground of the earth a sacrifice for the mediation between God and humankind.
Date: March 2017

Scrap metal and car parts