The painting above is intended to draw peoples attention to the plight that the Orangutan is facing in the wild. Here Jesus, Mary and Joseph are shown to be Orangutans. Does that shock you? Does it make you angry? Does it make you think about Orangutans? Will it make you watch or read news items about Orangutans just that little bit more closely?
I am not religious. In fact I dislike religion but I do like and care about Orangutans. I am hoping that this interesting painting by 58 year old artist Dawn Stubbs which has been entered for this years Blake Prize for religious art will win. More than that I hope it does make people angry and more still makes them think. I don't doubt that Jesus would not have minded in the slightest if he thought that one of God's creatures was in trouble and that he could help in this way.
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