○ angel bath ○
Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water; whoever then first, after the troubling of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.
— John 5:2-4
this is central park’s centerpiece, the bethesda fountain, upon which emma stebbins’ angel of the waters can be seen touching down to bless new york’s aging municipal plumbing. i sometimes suspect this divine intervention is all that keeps 8.2 million of us in potable water.
[ this illustration was requested by ayun halliday, editor of the zinester’s guide to n.y.c. (forthcoming from microcosm), wherein it will hopefully appear. as always, you can re-size the image to your screen by clicking on it.]
signed 11" x 17" cardstock print • $15.00 + $4.50 s&h