Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hartford Fire Department

This is an interesting one.  The finial for the pew honoring the Hartford Fire Department shows Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in a fiery furnace.  I wonder how many people make the connection between a biblical fire and the local firefighters!

Some of you have asked if this is a U.S. tradition.  I have never seen another chapel with anything like this.  So far as I know -- and I am not an ecclesiastical expert -- it is unique.

24 comments:

Lowell said...

I've been in a lot of churches but have never seen anything like this before. Maybe it's "New England"?

This is very well done even if the mythology is rather crass. :-)

SRQ said...

Nope...I've never seen anything like it either. Your backstories are so helpful and interesting. What firefighter wouldn't want to escape a fire without so much as the smell of smoke?! Bw, thanks for your nice comment on last year's baseball pics. This year, I decided to take a different approach with spring training. Maybe I'll end up at a minor league game this summer....

Kate said...

i repeat...I'd like to spend some time in that church, viewing the different carvings. So interesting, Jack~

Dianne said...

So cute Jack ... It made me laugh! Imagine the fire-fighters being in the burning furnace pew. Amazing details in this carving... Well captured!

joo said...

They are great Jack! I love them all:)

Cathy Hudspeth said...

You have become a master of the depth of field thingy!

VP said...

I didn't. I was just thinking that those portraied here were quite inept firemen...

Halcyon said...

This one is quite funny!

Sharon said...

I wouldn't have connected those three with firefighters. I think this is very unique. I've never seen anything like this before.

cieldequimper said...

I certainly wouldn't have made the connection, sorry: je n'aurais certainement pas fait le lien... :-)

Luis Gomez said...

So the firemen are burning? Wow! Great carving and awesome shot Jack!

Sylvia K said...

I've never seen another chapel like this one before and it is unique! Love this latest finial! I wouldn't have made the connection so I thank you for pointing it out! It's perfect! I surely am enjoying this series of yours, Jack! Thank you! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm sure not many would make the connection Jack, of course I did straight away haha! and like everyone above I've not seen this sort of thing before so I think it definitely is a unique tradition.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting meaning and story about this sculpture.
Your picture is great!
Léia

Karl said...

Really unique, Jack, I like it.

Regina K said...

I am another that would the connection of these 3 burning with to firefighters. Well done.

I have never seen another church with such carvings.

Malyss said...

The small details are fabulous, and each carving teaches us something, that's really fascinating!

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

This is great! Personally, I'd worry about knocking into one of those amazing filials - would be just my dumb luck.

RedPat said...

I certainly wouldn't have thought of firefighters!

Michelle said...

This is unique, but I must say that I really like it.

Randy said...

This artist is amazing.

EG CameraGirl said...

Someone with a super imagination came up with this!

Nathalie said...

I certainly wouldn't have found the connection. I just love these carvings.

Unknown said...

Wonderful photographs in this series, thanks so much for sharing them! I came across this looking for more information on the carver, J. Gregory Wiggins. He did a similar set of finial carvings in our school chapel choir practice room (although not as many as this!), at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. There is a short bio of his work at SPS online here for anyone intersted: http://www.ohrstromblog.com/spsarchives/the-form-plaques-of-john-gregory-wiggins

Thanks so much for these wonderful photographs!