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Well this is interesting and while Slight off-topic does relate in a round about way

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]navytron89) Well this is one way some one is striking back at Christmas Consumerism in the Holiday season.

Santa 'shot Jesus out of saddle'

Crucified effigy makes a statement but some neighbours are protesting

Eyebrows have been raised and chins are wagging in Metchosin with controversial piece of 'art' by Jimmy Wright in Victoria BC Wednesday,December6,2006.
Eyebrows have been raised and chins are wagging in Metchosin with controversial piece of 'art' by Jimmy Wright in Victoria BC Wednesday,December6,2006.
Photograph by : John McKay/Times Colonist

Louise Dickson, Times Colonist

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2006

Bah Humbug! isn't good enough for Jimmy Wright.

The Metchosin artist, known for his paintings of stylized polar bears, has put an effigy of Santa Claus on a cross on his front lawn to make a statement about the orgy of consumption in the modern world.
Above Santa's head, Wright has inscribed the words 'Sumptum Fac Donec Consumptus Sis.' Roughly translated, Wright said, it means 'Shop till you drop.'

"Santa represents frivolous consumption," Wright said yesterday, standing at the foot of the cross beneath the outstretched red-suited figure. "That's all he is. He shot Jesus right out of the saddle. He's the focus of Christmas."

The idea for the work started brewing about eight months ago, said the artist. Wright started looking for wood. In early August, he bought a Santa costume. Then he called a friend who works with fabric and traded a painting for her help.

"But the final straw was looking at a report on CNN which said we will have effectively fished out the ocean. And I thought 'Oh Jesus. We're suffocating the goose that lays the natural egg. We have to stop the orgy of consumption."

Natural egg or not -- some of Wright's neighbours are deeply upset.

At the mailbox near his home, Jennifer Blair said she thought the 'statement' wasn't fair to children. Some of them catch a school bus on that corner.

"They think Santa's at the North Pole getting their toys ready, not on a pole in Metchosin," said Blair.

A family that doesn't want to spoil the magic of their seven-year-old daughter's Christmas dropped off a letter in which they called the work tasteless and gruesome.

"We drive by your house daily with our child and have been dreading the questions," wrote Dominique Lejour and Dave Harvey. "Please have some respect for others and remove your lawn ornament."

A neighbour complained to the municipality and but was told Metchosin couldn't do anything because the cross is on Wright's property.

Earlier in the afternoon, Wright had a visit from the pastor of St. Mary's Anglican Church.

"He said he had some parishioners who are concerned about it and don't know what to make of it."

Wright, who was raised a Catholic, said Christmas is very important to him, but he stopped buying presents years ago.

"I used to love Christmas, but when you think about it, I loved it for the wrong reason," laughed the 69-year-old artist. "But you learn with age."

Another thing he has learned is honesty.

"It's a funny feeling when I'm sitting in my hot tub, looking out this way, and I'm trying to make a statement to everybody to slow down on what they can consume, and I'm in a 6,400-square-foot home."

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2006

I'm  kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop here.....
I wonder how soon the Religious Reich will be using this as a way to cry about the "War on Christmas" and I interested to hear what Bill O'Reilly has to say about this and then see if he really can wrap his little pea-brain around it. 

I'm so making an icon out of that picture too...... >: )

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