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01st Dec 2011

Poinsettia Psalm 148

This artwork’s name tells the basics of its story: that it is created from strokes that are the original Torah font letters of Psalm 148 and that it is an image of a poinsettia.

Yet there is more to this image, as poinsettias have become a popular decoration during the winter holiday season.

Poinsettias are native to Mexico. According to legend in the 16 th century a young, poor Mexican girl was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside as a present for Jesus’ birthday, and to place these before the church alter. When red flowers blossomed the flower became associated with Christmas. By the 17 th century Mexican Franciscan friars were including poinsettias in there Christmas celebrations, claiming that the leaf pattern symbolized the Star of Bethlehem, while the red color symbolizes the blood of Christ. Plus, of course the colors that symbolize Christmas are greed and red, which are the colors of Italy where the Vatican is located.

Poinsettia created with Psalm 148

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