Monday, November 16, 2009

Our Lady of the Leaves (November 15, 2009)

This statue belongs to the (private, I assume) Catholic boys' school that is more or less across the street from the apartment building where I live. Over the past year or so they have been engaging in a short-term capital project, the construction of a performing arts centre, and now that the exterior has been finished they are re-landscaping the front of the school. I caught this statue as if posed amid the leaves that had all been (deliberately?) raked into a pile around her, creating the impression that she is standing not on a pedestal, but on a mound of vegetation--and that she quietly welcomes the approach of winter.
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