Pericle Fazzini’s The Resurrection (1977, renovated 2011) at the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican. The giant 66 ft sculpture depicts Christ’s resurrection from the crater of a nuclear bomb in Jerusalem.
Quote from the artist:
“Suddenly there came to me the idea of Christ preaching peace for 2,000 years, and the place where He prayed for the last time: the olive grove of Gethsemane,” said Mr. Fazzini in a book about the work. ”I had the idea of depicting Christ as if He were rising again from the explosion of this large olive grove, peaceful site of His last prayers. Christ rises from this crater torn open by a nuclear bomb; an atrocious explosion, a vortex of violence and energy.”
That someone as powerful as the pope regularly gives speeches in front of Atomic Jesus troubles me. It’s a dangerous thing to believe, that humans will bring about the Second Coming by destroying the world.
And to specifically say that this bomb comes 2000 years after Jesus began his ministry… that’s a bit close isn’t it?
So I guess that would mean most of those skulls in the sculpture would be those of people alive today in
And the pope gives speeches in front of that.