Dark Clouds Rising, my previous post, outlines the demolition of America by Barack Obama and the Democrats. In the process of searching for symbols of what is happening under Obama’s administration, I ran across a sculpture by a Carson City, Nevada artist by the name of Matthew Welter. He calls his latest type of art Fire Inside.
I’ve done some research and he has a sculpture shop on highways 395 and 50. Apparently, he’s an avid “burner” as he calls himself on his Facebook. As I understand the term, Burning Man back in the late 80’s, it was about a group of hippies going to the desert and “BURNING---THE MAN.” The man, in those days, meant just about any kind of authority from the “Pigs” (police) to Washington conservative politicians.
The Burners built a huge wooden stick man, (sort of a takeoff on the “Wickerman” an ancient practice by Druids--priests of Celtic paganism) who burned it in effigy that may have included human sacrifice.
Since burning is a singular feature of Burning Man, Welter devised a way to burn his sculptures from the inside but before they are totally consumed by fire he apparently douses the fire at a specific point and the statement is made.
Welter seems to be an iconoclast of sorts in the burner community, a free thinker who promotes Liberty as his primary objective. A rather fascinating gyration given the heavily partisan super-left inclinations usually associated with Burning Man devotees who originally demanded liberty from the man.
But the Liberty Bell sculpture is what grabbed my attention. As I look at it, it is obviously symbolic, some might say impressionistic. But its symbolism cannot be denied.
Welter chose to make the wooden cross-bar across the top, very rough hewn, leaving cut marks and natural elements of the log left very obvious. The bar is an excellent representation of America in its infancy. A country forged in the blood and sweat of hardy souls searching for liberty from tyrannical kings. Out of that cauldron of difficulty came a strong people, a self-reliant people, a totally independent-natured people. Yes, a little rough around the edges at times, but with a generous nature and an indomitable will. That is the meaning of the cross-bar in Welter’s sculpture.
The bell itself is much smoother, cultured, more refined and just enough texture to remind us of our difficult beginnings.
Then comes the fire inside! In this piece, it creates the representation of the insidious nature of Obama liberalism. It destroys from within too. It guts our hard won freedoms in to a black-carbon emptiness with scars on the surface and an empty shell. Gone is our unlimited potential, replaced by subservience. The crossbar, unburned, unblackened, remains yet another symbol of what we once were: tough, resilient, an unrelenting beacon of freedom and liberty to the world.
What is left, as illustrated by this sculpture, is the America as Obama designed it: a severely weakened third world country, where dependence and submission to “THE MAN” is the measure of our fulfillment. Burning Man has come full circle. Its original intention of freedom from “The Man” has become the burning and demolition of the American will.
The Man has won! We are now fully compliant serfs to the liberal left, the very reason that created Burning Man in the first place. Burning the “wickerman” on the Playa, as they call it, is now the signal that we are bowing to “The Man”! It’s OK now because the Man is a socialistic liberal. How ironic.
Welter’s Liberty Bell is such an apt symbol. There were huge sculptures and art on the Playa: many beautiful, some profane, some whimsical and some simply grotesque. But of all the pictures I’ve seen of Burning Man, the Liberty Bell is the best: small in size, huge in meaning.