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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sarah and Hagar

These two images were in the Mamilla Mall outdoor sculpture gallery. I think they are by different artists. Look at the differences between Hagar and Sarah.

The contrast that these two pieces illustrate so clearly for me is the one between their respective ages. Sarah is old enough to be a grandmother, a great-grandmother even. Hagar is young enough to be presumed fertile, possibly just post pubescent.
And while the Sarah here is laughing (perhaps at the notion of experiencing the delight of conceiving), the sorrow of Hagar is palpable.
The two sculptures are quite a distance from each other on the promenade, but placing them together speaks volumes to me.

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