Friday, March 6, 2009

Ooooooh! Aaaaaaah!

It's a little early for most of us to start picking out Christmas gifts, but if you're looking to stash something away early for a special someone, Thomas Kinkade is coming to the rescue. Through the good folks at Hawthorne Village (?), Kinkade, who has trademarked the term "Painter of Light" to describe himself, has "presented" a "three-dimensional masterpiece" known as Faith Mountain. For those not familiar with Kinkade's work, which until now has been directed more toward paintings, all I can say from a point of personal taste is that if you do an Internet search for "kitschy" and "bad taste," you'll eventually run across some of his "masterpieces." The ad I saw for Faith Mountain, shown above, describes it as illustrating the story of Jesus, "from His riding into Jerusalem to His betrayal and trial to His dying on the cross and ultimately His triumph over the grave." Kinkade and Hawthorne trumpet Faith Mountain, which carries a price tag of $135, plus $19.99 shipping and handling, as "a true testament to Jesus’ love, faith and strength." My guess is that Jesus, had he not departed from the tomb, would be rolling in it after getting a load of this thing. But if this is your cup of tea, I suggest you hurry. They're limiting it to one per customer.



Blogger miss bess said...

Faith Mountain, eh? I almost barfed on Space Mountain in 1988 during a family trip to Disney World. This was the first thought that went through my head...

Also, quick note - "painters of light" came in the late 19th century. They were called The Luminists and created massive landscapes the likes of Frederic Church and John Kensett. I've seen pieces by Frederic Church at the Met - they are immense and impressive, but sadly did not include a tag that read, "It lights up!"

March 6, 2009 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

I bet if I pleaded super hard, they'd let me buy two...

March 8, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't $135 (never mind the shipping cost) go some way toward feeding and clothing some poor people?

Looks like it would be right at home beneath the black velvet Jesus.

--Brad Hundt

March 9, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the lighted Jesus shrine in "Midnight Cowboy." For some reason, people hve no compunction against using Christ's likeness for commercial purposes. I've seen Jesus' face in the most unlikely places -- on a serving tray, for example.

"Like some beans and weinies? Over there, on the Lord's face, next to the Joseph and Mary salt & pepper set."

WWJD--What Would Jesus Distribute?

I have to agree with Brad -- donate that $135 to the Food Bank.

March 11, 2009 at 12:16 PM  

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