Thursday, January 3, 2013
Have you ever seen something in a thrift store that you simply had to have, beyond all reason?
I have. And here it is.
I went to the Palma Sola Thrift Shop on Monday on my walk home from Starbucks and found this worn, garden-sculpture reproduction of Michelangelo's "Pietà" sitting on an outdoor shelf. I love it! Of course it's incredibly tacky, but it's also beautiful, with its worn colors and the all the pockmarks in the casting.
I've seen the real Pietà in Rome -- here's my photo -- and I'm sure Michelangelo would be distressed at this version. Again, that's partly why it's so great.
I tried to walk away from it, I really did. In fact I left it there overnight. But I kept thinking about it, and decided that even though it's completely ridiculous for me to transport this object back to London in a suitcase, I had to buy it. I picked it up for $4.95 on my walk the next day.
I haven't shown it to Dave's parents. I'm not sure they'd get the humor. Dave laughed about it when I described it to him as "a statue of Mary holding Jesus," but when I showed it to him he blanched. "Oh, Jesus is an adult," he said. I'm not sure he's thrilled about having this in our apartment.
But I'm telling you, I am powerless. I'm picturing it on the bathroom windowsill.