It is cold. The first gloom of dawn reveals the forms of a wretched octet of shaggy apes, carved into the structural support of an abbey cloister in the hills south of the Pyrenees. Bound hand and foot, these degenerate descendants of Atlas bear the weight of a whole monastery on their shoulders. A young novice strides along the cobbled arcade en-route to his choir stall for Lauds.
Andrew Wilson Smith
Andrew Wilson Smith is an itinerant sculptor, stone carver, and teacher. His recently completed project, The Twelve Apostles, was carved into the grand portal at Our Lady of the Annunciation Abbey Church, Clear Creek, Oklahoma. Images may be found at www.AndrewWilsonSmith.com.