Prophet III: Bellringer
The third image in a series that explores the role of the ancient prophet placed within a contemporary urban context. Themes of spirituality, ritual, creative expression, isolation, symbol and social justice are intertwined in the design of the character. The following words of Jewish scholar and theologian Abraham Heschel were central in the formation of this image:
"The prophet is neither a messenger, an oracle, a seer, nor an ecstatic, but a witness to the divine pathos, one who bears testimony to God's concern for human beings."
"To us a single act of injustice - cheating in business, exploitation of the poor - is slight; to the prophets, a disaster. To us, injustice is injurious to the welfare of the people; to the prophets it is a deathblow to existence: to us, an episode; to them, a catastrophe, a threat to the world."
"The prophet's ear perceives the silent sigh."