Deborah Harrison

Connection by Deborah Harrison

This sculpture was carved to represent the story of a local Gloucester man who found faith in God and was rescued from addiction.

Connection was found to be important in experiments by the Professor of Psychology Bruce Alexander. Firstly he placed a single rat in an empty cage with two sources of water, one containing cocaine or heroine the other pure water. Under these circumstances the rat overdosed and died. However if the rat was placed in a rat park with other rats they tried both the laced and pure water bottles but most shunned the drugged water and none of them died. Time magazine recorded this was mirrored in humans. Only 5% of soldiers, who had displayed addiction in the Vietnam war, ever used drugs when they were returned to their pleasant home surroundings with family and friends. So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is human connection.

'Connection' also resonates with Saint Peter who began to sink with fear under wind swept waves and cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Matthew 14:25-33

In 2015, close to the end of carving this piece, I noticed that the news was showing shocking images of the tragic plight of thousands of drowning Syrian refugees as they sought help on the shores of Europe.

Another context showing the importance of our connection with all humanity.
Date: January 2016

Portland Stone
Dimensions: 70cm x 35cm x 30cm.