By Renate Stendar
'Knight, Death and Devil', one of the latest work by the Swiss sculptor Renate Stendar. It is pictured in the just-published book about the artist on the occasion of her 85th birthday. To order a copy of the book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
And cares for his subjects.
He offers them all the achievements
Of modern progress and vows
To protect those who trust him.
But is he always knightly?
Is he at all times unselfish?
Does not progess also serve him
to manipulate, to gain more power?
Armed to the teeth, he is rigid
And thus unable to act.
His glance through the visor is limited,
Hardly being aware of his surroundings.
He cannot see that behind him is DEATH,
To whom his soldiers are exposed,
His castle is being turned into ruins,
That even cement and steel are passing,
And they cannot protect one from treachery.
He does not see the DEVIL as the arsonist,
Who lies in wait in the underground
To destroy, and who already
Holds in his net the whole world.
He thinks that he is doing battle, but withoout noticing
That since long ago he has become a prisoner under his power.
And he can only hear what is called out to him
from the closest distance, and of that, what is deemed he should hear
and also what he wishes to hear.
In his armour he is blind, deaf and rigid.
'Knight, Death and Devil' by Renate Stendar. A detail view.
Photo copyright: Renate Stendar
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