Wednesday, 8 April 2009
The marriage of heaven and hell
A while ago I saw this picture in an exhibition in London. It's from Sinai and shows little black devils lassoing monks off the heavenly ladder, with God waiting to receive those that make it to the top.
The monks are closely bunched together and rigid, which makes them look a lot like plastic penguins on a helter skelter toy. I remember looking through shop windows at the penguins crank up the hill, then skim around long blue slides back to the start. The movement was infinite.
What if heaven turns out to be a monotonous freefall of plastic slides? It's time to enjoy ourselves...