Statues - Hither & Thither
Richard Beyer & Mark Reavis
Christopher Columbus, 1448-1510,1 was a Genovese mariner in the|
service of the great Spanish Empire of 500 years ago whose vision of a
world connected across uncharted seas led to his arrival in the new
world in 1492
Returning from the first voyage (1492-93) and marching in triumph
from Palos to the court in Madrid, Columbus bore a parrot on his wrist
as the symbol of his discovery, as the phoenix was the bird of renewal
in the classical world, and the dove the voice of the medieval world, the
vision of Columbus is symbolized by the multicolored, exotic symbol of
the western world.
The young Columbus staggers before the certainty of a greater
The visions that make men great are as timeless as we are timebound,
where there is no vision, the people perish. Vision is our consolation.
Why do mountains, rivers, nations, cities all over the world remember
this man's name? As history weighed more heavily in the old world, he
saw a vision of a new world, may we too, in our communities and our
time, share this renewing vision.