|Some of the best carved sculpture to be found today resides, |
largely unknown and unappreciated, in large city cemeteries.
|Michelangelo's original plan for the tomb of Pope Julius II.|
The tomb was to be freestanding Michelangelo's Dome of
St. Peters Basilica so there were just as many figures
populating the other side.
|The tomb of Pope Julius II in Rome.|
|One of the most common themes in sepulchral sculpture involves|
"Waiting for the Second Coming" (resurrection).
It's become a long wait.
|For mourners also facing a similar wait for the resurrection |
of the dead in the final days, this family decreed a pleasant,
living room setting carved from black stone ebony featuring the
oval headstone in place of a TV.
|Johnny Ramone's bronze headstone sculpture located in the |
Hollywood Forever cemetery is neither the best nor the worst
to be found in many of today's large, park-like cemeteries.
|The mournful figure just above, while reflecting a|
heavily emotional theme reminiscent of the 19th-
century, the overall design of the modern seems
very 20th-century in its modern simplicity.
|The crossword puzzle marker manages to impart both a personal |
liking and a great deal about the one buried beneath it.
|Sculptural works such as those above, while dedicated to |
physical love relationships, also would seem to invite various
forms of vandalism.
most cemetery norms, I've saved the really weird ones until last. Below, we see a late-model stone car carved from a single boulder which, in fact seems to be crushing the car. Below that, the ridiculous image of a man who, for lack of a more appropriate phrase, seems to demand only the freshest of dairy nutrients. Perhaps he was, in fact a dairy farmer; the man with the crushed car an auto dealer battling crushing debt. Or, it could be that both cemetery pieces simply refer to the two men's causes of death.
|Weird, stupid, funny, or perhaps the cause of their deaths.|
|An expression of sympathy.|