Crown of Thorns and
nails, Christian Art
I went to a nearby farm where
I had seen some Locust trees growing and asked the owner if I could clip
some. He was very accomidating and said simply, "Be sure to close the gate
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|| I had the
idea for the Crown of Thorns picture for several years. After seeing a
business card with a similar picture, I was inspired to begin work on my
idea. After trying to find a crown of thorns and not finding any to my
liking, I decided to make my own.
After a short distance, I
discovered a Locust tree with it's thorned branches hanging close to the
ground, found the piece I was looking for, and using a large cutter I cut
off some long branches. When I got home, I took a board and hammered in
a round row of large nails. I then intertwined the Locust's thorny branches
around the ring of nails, forming a crown. In working with the thorns,
I stuck myself several times. Even though I had on gloves, it was very
painful, and caused me to think about how the suffering the crown of thorns
would have actually felt on Christ's head. I set the newly formed crown
out to take shape and dry for several months.
One day I received an ancient
artifacts catalog in the mail. Thinking it was junk mail, I threw it out
but went back later, took the catalog out of the trash and set it on my
kitchen counter, where it lay for several weeks. One day as I thumbed through
the Catalog, I came across an item listed as "bronze roman crucifixion
nails,100 BC to 100 AD”. I called the company and they confirmed they were
the type of nails I was looking for. They were asking $99 for each nail.
I ordered three.
I tried various lighting techniques
to get the desired effect, and created the photo. This photo has much meaning
to me that somehow I cannot explain.
I hope you enjoy viewing my
Crown of Thorns as much as I did creating it.
Gene D. Austin, Fayetteville,