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Seeing Effingham’s Sculptures. And More.

December 3, 2015

When family and friends come to visit us here in Effingham, Illinois, they inevitably comment on the more than 30 sculptures around town.

They usually express a wistful jealousy.

Erin Shirreff sure would.

She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale, Class of 2005.

She was visiting Minneapolis and saw a monumental sculpture. There was a tail on it that wasn’t visible in the famous picture she’d seen.

“I thought, ‘Oh, there’s this whole back end to it,'” Erin says in an interview. “There was something literally missing in the translation into an image.”

She began exploring the differences between three-dimensional art and their two-dimensional representations, working on ways to overcome that significant disparity.

Our old friend St. Paul wrote, We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears, and we’ll see it all then, as clearly as God sees us.” (1st Corinthians 13:12)

You know those people in our lives, the ones who annoy us? And even the ones we love? There’s something missing in our perceptions of them.

What can help us see and understand them better? Again, St. Paul: For right now, we have three things to do: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of these three is love. (1st Corinthians 13:13)

See you back here tomorrow.

Meanwhile, let’s try to pay extra attention and notice what we’ve been missing. It’s probably a lot.




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