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In the busy workaday world of the living the piece was conceived and commissioned. The artist took coin to buy bread and ale, and stood staring at the block of inert marble, trusting to find the soft folds and lines of a child's form. Taking coin, but pouring love and talent into their work.
From this distance in time, our 'eye' is forensic - merely part of a 'visitor experience'. A family's pain and agony beyond our comprehension. So much emotion invested and felt here; here in this place where I now stand, perusing. In the time between us, the mother gently strokes the cold cheek, thinking,
"It should've been me..."
If we have a heart, then these are not dead spaces.