25"X 20"X 20"
cast resin, paint,
7/05 (started in 1994)
$7,000 (#1 in an edition of 10, price includes pedestal and Plexiglas
featuring this sculpture are now available for just $1 each!
statue depicts a minor deity the Americans call Santa. Similar
devotional objects are found in homes and public places near
the time of the winter solstice. Adults do not worship Santa;
but they teach their children to worship him through outlandish
stories and dramatic impersonations. The stories and songs
describe Santa's ability to monitor the actions of all children
at all times to determine if they are good or evil. A few
nights after the solstice Santa purportedly gets into in a
conveyance pulled by a team of flying horned animals and flies
to every dwelling in the world. Small offerings are left for
him. He is said to leave gifts for all of the good children
and worthless objects for the evil children. The fact that
adults do not worship Santa, but they place so much emphasis
on these rituals suggests that Santa may serve as a rudimentary
means of religious indoctrination. The reward of material
goods for their belief may encourage children in a way of
thinking which prepares them to understand the stories that
surround the adult gods.
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