Art in Heaven 2012
Rheanna, Gisella, Hebe & Mollie (14-15)We chose the subject "Hope for the World" because we believe in hope for the future; for us and the generations to come. Hope is important as it allows people to believe in themselves and achieve their goals. Our artwork pictures a rose and Gandhi surrounded by rose petals with a blue background. Around each petal there is a meaningful word that represents hope and shows Gandhi's beliefs.
The rose represents hope: as the rose grows, hope grows. Hope will pollinate the earth like a rose. When Gandhi died he left the presence of hope and when each rosebud dies it leaves its roots to reproduce hope. He personified hope for his people but his message is still alive across many religions, cultures, ages and continents today. Like Gandhi the Rambling Rose grows through everything; its life is simplicity and yet it is beautiful.
The thorns on the stem of the rose represent the bad things in the world and how these can hurt us, but the beauty of the rose overcomes an evil and this relates to hope overcoming difficulties, barriers and problems one might face.
We have chosen petals to surround the rose and picture of Gandhi because when Gandhi died he was covered in rose petals. Around the rose petals are the words:
• Agape – this means unconditional love and this relates to Gandhi sacrificing himself for others, a great soul.
• Storge – this means parental love and this relates to Gandhi acting as a parent and comforting those around him as well as the fellowship of man,
• Philia – this means the love for friends and Gandhi showed this by helping others in such a selfless way - the act of Yajna.
• Peace – Gandhi showed peace by Ahimsa – non-violent protests, such as burning the passes.
• Equal – Gandhi fought for equality for Indians, Harijans, Hindus and Muslims. Satyagraha to follow the truth.
• Care – Gandhi showed compassion for others.
• Hope – Gandhi showed hope by never giving up and fighting for what he believed in; his desire was for the world to change.
In the stem of the rose we have the quote "Be the change you want to see in the world" by Gandhi. This shows that only you have the ability and desire to change yourself and to make a difference. It is down to the individual; nothing is impossible if we really believe. We drew Gandhi faded in the background to show that his memory loves on and always will. Also, to many people across the globe Gandhi symbolises hope and this is our theme. In the poem places around our work we wrote about hope and how it can change people and influence them in many different ways. We believe hope is important as it gives people belief and support through good times and bad. It gives life direction and meaning to move on.