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Pandora's Box

(2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Inspired by the Torpedo Gallery challenge to

"Create a Pandora's Box relevent for today..."

According to legend, Pandora was given a very special box.  She was also given very specific instructions...DON"T OPEN IT!!!

Of course, curiosity got the best of her and she opened the box.  Out came all manner of horrible things...war, famine, plague and death.

     

Pandora instantly regretted her choice and put the top back on, trapping HOPE inside the box.

My version of Pandora's Box is a hand-carved, eight-sided wooden box completely covered inside and out with mirrors.  The outside is encrusted with faux jewels.

When you peek inside...you see your own face reflected with the word "hope" on the bottom mirror.  It appears to be floating above the reflective surface.

You also see, around the inner rim, eight words hammer-embossed into the rim, reflecting into the bottom of the inner box.  These are the words for "hope" in the languages of eight countries that are known to have a history of not getting along.  They have been positioned opposite each other along the rim.

India/Pakistan, Turkey/Greece, Israel/Palestine, Russia/China

I purposely encrusted the terrors that escaped the box in faux diamonds.  The idea is that the most awful things in life seldom appear so horrible at first glance, but once they gain their freedom, they will reveal their true natures.

The farther they come from the box, the more jewels fall off, revealing the horrors beneath...the bony fingers of the skeleton of famine...the whiskers on the plague rat...the fangs on the cobra of death.

By the time we realize what is happening...the horrors are upon us.  All seems lost and yet...safe in that box remains the one thing that we will always have...hope.

 

Isaiah 40:31


but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.