Featured in Amazing Graves, 17-Jun-2014
This statue is found in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Caldwell NJ. The statue most likely dates from the late 1800s. I have other photos of it here on Red Bubble as well that I took today, 23-April-2013. This is view from the back of the statue. Beautiful view, but the problem was that in the background was a street, a school and a playground and power wires, lots of them. Ruined the mystique of the statue. I figured I would try to do something to blur the background – just an experiment. I used ipiccy to first soften the background, then I applied smart blur and noise, and then cloned some of the areas to cover the school, street, playground, street signs and power lines.
In the end I liked the idea of a blurry and unknown future for those in the cemetery – awaiting us when we die. I personally believe there is heaven for me and those that believe, but we really will not know until we get there, will we? the statue is facing and raising her arm towards the unknown beyond – hope you like the idea of what I did here. Just having a bit of fun and experimenting.
In searching cemetery symbols, I found the following symbols and explanations:
ANCHOR: Hope or eternal life. Often on sailors’ graves. Anchors are also a Masonic symbol for well-grounded hope, therefore they are often found on Masons’ graves.
WOMAN HOLDING AN ANCHOR: Represents hope or eternal life.
ANCHOR – Early Christians used the anchor as a disguised cross, and as a marker to guide the way to secret meeting places. A Christian symbol of hope, it is found as funerary symbolism in the art of the catacombs. Often set amongst rocks. It can also be an occupational symbol in sea-faring areas or the attribute of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of seamen, symbolizing hope and steadfastness.