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June 25, 2004

Pentecost Pete

Pentecost Pete.jpg
This may be a bit corny but I had to try it. This stone is a work in process where the top (as you can clearly see) has a “tongue of fire” actually burning. Jesus called Simon son of John “Cephas” which, when translated, is Peter. Both Cephas & Peter mean “rock”. I certainly have much work left to do on this rock before it is finished, but you get the idea.

By the way, Peter addressed a crowd of people 2,000 years ago after tongues of fire separated and came to rest on all of the disciples who had gathered on Pentecost. Corny or not, stone and fire, Pete and Pentecost might have something more to say to us today.

For your information, Pete only burns for about two hours until he needs to be “refilled”.

Posted by Adrian2 at June 25, 2004 7:46 AM


I don't think the concept is as corny as the name "Pentecost Pete." I know you're first heads were emphasizing how people are like stone in a negative way (hard headed=not willing to change). What I like about the Pieta and the disciple (I can't bring myself to call hime Pentecost Pete), is that these are still hard stone headed people. Your newest work shows the positive aspect of being hard-headed. You have to be uncompromising with faith of stone to truly be a Christian. It is the flame of the Holy Spirit that transforms the immovable stone into something that God can actually use. When you think about it, that concept makes as much sense as seeing a stone on fire. It is a paradox, and I think that is the power that your sculpture has going for it. It is a beautiful analogy.

Posted by: Adrian III at June 25, 2004 9:52 AM