Fighting at the Foundation of the Cross

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    Photo: Ron Shelp
1988
Wood, metal, wire, electronics parts, boots
57 x 36 x 15 inches
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I see my piece called Fighting at the Foundation of the Cross. I did it when they was having problems once in Jerusalem.

I see my piece called Fighting at the Foundation of the Cross. I did it when they was having problems once in Jerusalem. The old priests and the computer was in a kind of war—the human mind against technology. They was trying to take all the data that was on the scrolls and put it into data for the computers. And that was a conflict.


To allow the words to come up out of the human mind was difficult for the priests because they had to interpret from all that the biblical lessons had been contained in. The makers of the Bible now request the priests to put the information in a computer: At what time was John the Baptist running around in the wilderness? At what time did John the Baptist go down to the place of the baptism? If they didn't have the information ready to be printed out for them, they would have to keep going back from page to page.

What we're trying to say now about the fight between mentality and technology, between the well and the faucet, is that Souls Grown Deep gives definition to reason. Souls Grown Deep is like the referee between the different eras, the different centuries, of the containment of knowledge.