Yeahthats me atop the pedestal that usually holds The Thinker. We were walking across campus and I saw that it was temporarily vacant, so I just had to jump up and have my photo snapped!
Doing a little research, I learned that Auguste Rodin originally created The Thinker as part of his masterpiece The Gates of Hell. The figure sat atop the gates and reflected on the fate of the damned.
Yikes! I suppose that makes Stanford a good site for The Thinkertheres certainly an ample supply of lost souls to ponder.
And so Paula and I are here to give him less to think about. Pray for us as we represent Christ on this strategic mission field!
Incidentally, youve probably seen The Thinker at other locations: thats because there are 25 castings of the famous enlarged version.
Sculpture follows different rules for reproduction than other art forms: there are several originals. That was news to me: if you’re interested read more here.