Old Rugged Cross. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

May 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Old Rugged Cross

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Old Rugged Cross 20220520 850_8261Old Rugged CrossAn old rugged cross forged in iron atop a fence at Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island

I have visited places around the world that have had religious symbols. These symbols are important. No matter what the belief system, these are symbols that represent some of the building blocks of civilization. I have visited cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, and a variety of temples. And graves, I have visited graves of the fallen at places like Normandy.

As a result, I have never been comfortable with ornate crosses. Crosses come from a tradition of pain and suffering. The association was with punishment of common people, carpenters, and fisherman. That a segment of culture transposed that symbol from pain to hope is a miracle in and of itself.

But to me, displaying a cross in gold or making it ornate is not for me. The symbolism and cultural power emanate from its most rugged portrayal. Here, in iron atop a fence with old paint drips sagging along the surface, that is a worthy portrayal. Rugged and meaningful. Something understood by all who see it.


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