On Avatars

GeorgeWashingtonArtby RobL
When people ponder ‘patriotic’ cities, I’d wager New York City doesn’t make their list. After all, there is Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC to contend with. And while there’s a lot one can say about the Big Apple, it’s likely not in a conversation about our nation’s founding. That’s a mistake, for a visit to New York can be quite patriotically inspiring. From the city’s key role in the Revolutionary War to its modern day symbol as freewheeling, free thinking and of course free market paragon, there is something for everyone in the city whether fruit loop liberal or devout bible thumper.

I devoted my first essay here at StubbornThings, Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Hemlock, to the trinity of Western Civilization. What better way to encapsulate that trinity in my avatar than a relief sculpture by the American great James E. Kelly’s Washington in Prayer at Valley Forge?

For through the tight corridors of Wall Street, steps away from where Washington gave his first inaugural, minutes away from churches where our Founders worshipped, and air that was infused with the gun smoke of revolutionary battles and settles on cemeteries where those who first came here over 400 years ago permanently sleep.

Yes, right there in the heart of the city, the center of the financial world is an eloquent, touching, nearly perfect work showing our nation’s indispensible man humbling himself before God to offer hope and a prayer for his men at Valley Forge. Indeed, the hope was well founded and the prayer heeded. You can still feel the hallowed moment, a triangular relief tucked away in that concrete canyon capturing the trinity of our Western heritage with the essence of our Judeo-Christian values, classical Greek ethics, and our principled Founders devoted to limited government, free markets, and individual liberty. • (850 views)

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4 Responses to On Avatars

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’ve never been to NY. Here’s a higher res photo of that art. Really nice piece.

    And, Rob, I fixed a couple things with your article to keep it consistent with the others….and nursed a couple typos. 🙂 Also, that third paragraph isn’t a complete sentence.

    And FYI, make all of those left-margin photos 110 pixels x 110 pixels for the sake of consistency. And I’ve already fixed that.

    • RobL_V2 RobL_V2 says:

      Great thanks!

      (I take solace in knowing Ernest Hemmingway didn’t write complete sentences either…)

    • cdjaco says:

      Now there’s a piece of art that would never find itself affixed to a recently-constructed building. Humility is out of fashion, and where would one find a politically-correct artist with the skills willing to make such a work when it’s far easier to simply cobble something together that shocks or offends?

      • RobL_V2 RobL_V2 says:

        Nicely said. Once upon a time artists sought truth and beauty in their work. Now its all reduced to post modern psuedo intellectual affrontery to ‘The Man’.

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