The Dream of a Celestial City in Collage

 

The Celestial City stands above all others.

The envy of its sisters, the Celestial City must set the blueprint for the night sky: a master timepiece measuring out our dreams, a scaffold supporting our imagination, and a shield covering the precious core of self that each of us carries at heart.

Inhabitants of the Celestial City bear their obligations with pride. In grave gladness they labor, knowing that their generosity and sacrifice benefit the world.

The Dream of a Celestial City (1999). Color xerographic collage from black and white collage, created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

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  • Verena September 28, 2011, 1:59 am

    Thank you so much for linking up and for our nice comment! Du sprichst deutsch? Das ist ja toll!
    Liele Grüße,
    Verena

    • Eric Edelman September 28, 2011, 1:00 pm

      Vielen Dank, Verena! Ich sah deine schöne Fotos von der nebligen Kessel, und sie erinnerte mich an Halloween mit meinen Enkeln hier in Amerika. Ich habe Deutsch gelernt in der Schule, aber nur für ein Jahr. Und obwohl ich ein bisschen Deutsch zu verstehen, hilft Google Übersetzung mich sehr, wenn ich schreiben will. Vielen Dank auch für den Besuch unserer Website und für Deine Meinung!

  • Tomas September 28, 2011, 2:42 am

    Tomas Karkalas and his art bow to the Inhabitants of the Celestial City. Thank you for the great post. I have read it like a sermon that pierced deeply into my heart.
    It’s a dream to know that your labor will benefit the whole world. Such awareness is the reward out of itself. That’s the reward and the great lesson / challenge to us all – too often people are concerned just with the promotion of their own works and such comprehension doubles their weariness. The selfishness crash many-many around.

    • Eric Edelman September 28, 2011, 12:32 pm

      Thank you, Tomas. Very glad to hear that you liked this post.

      It is true that the awareness of one’s labor benefiting the world is a dream — and it’s also a reality. As you point out, the awareness and the labor are the rewards. It’s especially true when we remember who the true Author of our work is, and that our service is composed of two parts: to our fellows, and also to the Divine, by acting as its channels. That is why we must never give up doing the work as long as we live and are capable of it: we wonder who is reading, looking at, or listening to “our” work (or if anyone is paying attention to it at all), but we never know how or when that work will touch another person. This knowledge lifts us above selfish motives of mere promotion. We must continue to do the work and share it with others.

      So please continue to do your great work, and know that it has deeply touched me! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  • valerie stayton September 28, 2011, 7:42 am

    I love WW

    • Eric Edelman September 28, 2011, 12:19 pm

      So do we! Thanks for commenting, and hope your WW is super.

  • My 2 Cents with LINKY September 28, 2011, 7:45 am

    Never entered a WW like this before. I screwed up my first entry I thought it was a simple comment, lol.

    • Eric Edelman September 28, 2011, 12:17 pm

      Thanks for your visit and your comment (you’re doing just fine at that!). And have a great WW.

  • carol anne/La familia Aissa {linky} September 28, 2011, 5:55 pm

    This is very cool — great idea to use art work for WW!

    • Eric Edelman September 28, 2011, 10:43 pm

      Thanks, Carol Anne. We love to use artwork for meme posts like WW.

  • Deborah September 28, 2011, 6:14 pm

    Very interesting.concept.

    • Eric Edelman September 28, 2011, 10:44 pm

      Thanks for your visit and your comment, Deborah!

  • GrammyMouseTails September 28, 2011, 7:42 pm

    I like the 3-D feeling esp with the stars.

    • Eric Edelman September 28, 2011, 10:47 pm

      Thanks! This is one I did a while ago, but I remember having had a lot of fun doing it because of the subject.

  • kewkew September 29, 2011, 2:28 am

    Wow, that is very interesting.

    • Eric Edelman September 29, 2011, 12:31 pm

      Thanks!

  • Jessica September 29, 2011, 10:45 pm

    Hi Eric,
    I definitely love your Wordless Wednesday! This photo is really imaginative and magical! Thanks a lot for sharing!

    • Eric Edelman September 29, 2011, 11:33 pm

      Thanks for your visit and your kind words, Jessica!

  • dotnex October 1, 2011, 3:15 am

    nice pic. still blog-walking here

    • Eric Edelman October 3, 2011, 2:32 pm

      Thanks, Dotnex!

  • Joyce October 1, 2011, 11:35 pm

    Very cool!

    • Eric Edelman October 3, 2011, 2:31 pm

      Thanks for your visit and comment, Joyce!

  • aquariann October 5, 2011, 5:14 pm

    Fun color scheme!

    • Eric Edelman October 6, 2011, 1:24 am

      Thanks, Aquariann! It’s definitely one of our favorite color schemes.

  • Fotografo de Bodas January 24, 2012, 2:14 pm

    Too much blue for me, anyway is it a great idea.

    • Eric Edelman January 25, 2012, 12:02 am

      Thanks for your visit and your comment. I don’t know, exactly …. is it a great idea, despite so much blue? LOL

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