Monday, September 28, 2015

John Lennon Statue - "Imagine"

 In 2011 while vacationing in Florida, Elliot and I stumbled upon an amazing life-size sculpture of John Lennon--arms opened wide, welcoming all life in an upward gaze far beyond physicality, limitlessness.  On loan by the famous artist, Lawrence Holofcener, this heavenly Beatle was parked on a bench in the heart of Mount Dora to commemorate John's 70th birthday. Someone had put a half pair of eyeglasses on him--with only one lens. Maybe a sign that John was seeing with the single eye of pure vision.   The sunlight captured his essence in such a brilliant way, I imagined a butterfly landing on his outstretched hands. Zooming in for a photo, another visitor caught my eye. A lizard had joined John--peacefully basking on the post marked  IMAGINE. I smiled, remembering lizard represents dream time.

Art is subject to the eye of the beholder, but Lennon's pose reminded me of a gentler image of Christ on the cross.  The outstretched arms.  The legs crossed at the ankles.  But something intangible, yet  palpable, shone through the peaceful expression on John's face.   Transcendence.  We can all join in John's vision of a world filled with peace.

"Imagine all the people living life in peace."  

"...You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one."

Love and peaceful blessings,

Rae Karen