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"We have very little control over what happens in our lives, but we have a lot of control over how we integrate and remember what happens. It is precisely these spiritual choices that determine whether we live our lives with dignity." --Henri Nouwen


artist : Anselm Keifer


title : "Book with Wings" from "Heven and Earth"


material : lead, tin and steel


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This book of ancient tales and secrets is anchored to earth. Made of lead from the roof of the Cologne Cathedral, it is ashen and slightly rumpled, the survivor of devastations.


But just look at those wings, so powerful and magnificent: 13 feet wide, strong and athletic, ready to ascend effortlessly, gracefully!


This book is like me--with my running nose, cold hands, and hard on; with my own tales and secrets, devastations and dreams--a border creature, made for both earth and sky.


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Taken on July 1, 2007