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LRK Pisces sculptureAn engineer by training and trade, my father had a firm grasp on reality. He was practical and believed that problems had solutions. He had a fierce work ethic and great determination. At the same time, he was willing to entertain — on an intellectual level — all manner of thought. He was a voracious and eclectic reader and enjoyed pondering the mysteries of the universe.

Among the mysteries that intrigued him were symbols of all sorts. He studied them, sketched them and, eventually, carved them. He had little use for astrology, but its symbols were among those that interested him and when he was about 60 he began sculpting his way through the zodiac.

On my 22nd birthday, he gave me this Pisces sculpture. Balanced on a steel strap above a marble base, the piece stands about 21 inches high. The pair of sanded-to-a-gloss fishes — lemon and orange wood, according to his notes — leap from a teak sea.

Though years, and my father, have passed, and the wood has darkened slightly, the sculpture remains to remind me of his engineer’s precision, his wide-ranging mind…and his love.

9 responses to “symbol

  1. jik February 26, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Thanks so much, Jenn.

  2. marsha addis February 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    What a beautiful memory for this year on your birthday. May this coming year be a fruitful and peaceful one, Judy. Love

  3. jik February 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you so much. xoxox

  4. Sheila Sondik February 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    This is so beautiful. Happy birthday!

  5. fromsomewherewithlovex February 27, 2016 at 7:00 am

    That’s beautiful – did he complete the set?

  6. jik February 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Thank you Thank you!

  7. jik February 27, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I don’t think he did. I remember a few others, but would have to look through his notebooks to see how far he got.

  8. Pat Hunt March 8, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Love this one… xo

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