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Hammer God or Inevitability Clockhammer, antique surrealism
Hammer God or Inevitability ClockhammerRegrettably, the hours do by, the clock is ticking. The past is growing, the future shrinks. The number of opportunities is declining, number of regrets is rising. The clock’s hammer of time never stops. Logically, the Hammer of God is fictional weaponry that has been exploited massively in contemporary culture. The most notable creations that use the name of hammer of god or gods, in some cases are: a sci-fi novel by Arthur Clarke, a biography of the rock band Led Zeppelin, and of course the comics based movie about the hammer-wielding god Thor, Marvel Comics character. Thor, meaning "thunder", in Northern mythology associated with rumble, lightning, storms, and power. Hammer is rather an unusual armament for a god. A pitchfork, a mallet, and/or excalibur would be a way more frightening and exotic arsenal. However, knowing the Viking’s origin of the item, it makes the tool somewhat plausible. From the nominal point of view it does not really matter what weapon used by God for punishment of his enemies or unruly human kind behavior. Hammer is only a surreal symbol of inevitable and powerful retribution which, I presume, was terrifying enough for Vikings. Then, today it could be replaced by something more pertinent such as a ballistic missile or a German WWII siege mortar also known as Karl-device-Thor, the artillery contraption which is shown on this picture.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. There are many doomsday scenarios of god’s punishment for unworthy behavior. Hurricanes and tornados, flooding and droughts, famine and ills are all on the list of penalties. Though, most of these terrifying cataclysms are temporary and actually could be prevented. However, there is one unbeatable and inescapable punishment from God – mortality. We are all mortal; the only one question lingers – when. “When your time comes”- as the saying goes. Here comes the answer – time shortage is a real and ever present punishment. Time controls you; it gives you prospects and takes away hopes, it makes you believe everything is possible and it runs away when you need it the most.
There is a row of antique relief sculptures in the foreground of the scene. They are remains of the famous Greek‘s gods from the facade of the temple Parthenon. They depict the contest between Poseidon and Athena for the right to be the patron deity of Athens. The pedimental group shows the birth of Athena from Zeus' head. Some of them are missing limbs, some heads. The sculpture suffered badly when the Parthenon was hit by a cannon shell in 16th century and the powder magazine inside exploded. It is a stark reminder that time does not spare anybody, even gods. As always, the narrative you are reading now is not a “scientific” or “theological” research. It is simply a free spirited musings about life, and purpose, and meaning, and else.
“It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” Rose Kennedy
(Title Rus) Молот Бога или Неотвратимость Увядания Временем
Software used: Autodesk 3ds Max ®, Adobe Photoshop ®, Adobe Illustrator ®, Photo Stock
George Grie, January 2015
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