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Severine

Console Table

Circus Sideshow

Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), 1887-88. Georges Seurat. Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 825

Inspiration & Interpretation

In “The Circus of the Sun” poet and contemplative Robert Lax used his experiences working in a traveling circus as a metaphor for the beginnings of Creation and existence. We can sense something similar in the 1887-88 painting “Circus Sideshow,” in which artist George Seurat used the technique of pointillism—small, single-color dots and brush strokes coming together to create elaborate scenes—to depict a traveling sideshow that visited eastern Paris in 1887. At first glance, the painting might appear dull or subdued. In pointillism, contrasting colors placed side-by-side lead the human eye to naturally blend them together. Upon gazing curiously upon the painting, however, its intricacy comes to life in a stunning way.

Perhaps this was one of Lax’s “points” as well. The circus for him was not just a summer job that helped him pay the bills. His daily routine at the circus became a metaphor for the very origins of the cosmos, producing within his heart a poem that echoes the cosmological literature of both Genesis 1 and John 1. Similarly, the spiritual invitation of pointillism is to dare see what the artist saw; to gaze upon what your eyes are naturally blending together until the rich complexity of the painting reveals itself to you.

Our Severine console table echoes these same themes. At first, Severine simply looks like an elegant table. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that the composition is an assembly of diverse pieces of wood, forming a harmonious tapestry. Made from a fallen oak tree in our rural Amish country, hundreds of pieces of oak were then oxidized so each piece of wood could be its own unique expression. Replicating pointillism, we then glued together the diverse pieces of oak into three-inch blocks, and then assembled those blocks into the tabletop, resulting in a mosaic in which every tiny piece of wood is an authentic assertion of itself.

Severine tells the story of our diverse world. In Christian theology, this is called the Body of Christ, a term used to describe how each person—made in God’s likeness and image—belongs to the human family and can reflect back to us the divine creativity and intricacy of the Artist. As you gaze upon Severine, its nuanced details reveal themselves gradually, much like the layers of human complexity.

In Circus Sideshow…in Circus of the Sun…in Severine…in pointillism…in life itself, we are invited to gaze until awe, wonder, and a sense of connectivity emerges. As Lax began his famous poem, “And in the beginning was love. Love made a sphere: all things grew within it; the sphere then encompassed beginnings and endings, beginning and end. Love had a compass whose whirling dance traced out a sphere of love in the void: in the center thereof rose a fountain.”

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Severine Console Table

"And in the beginning was love. Love made a sphere: all things grew within it; the sphere then encompassed beginnings and endings, beginning and end. Love had a compass whose whirling dance traced out a sphere of love in the void: in the center thereof rose a fountain.”

Robert Lax

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Severine Console Table Main

Holistic, Intentional, Muted

130″L x 18″ D x 32″H, 265lbs.

*Limited Edition – Only 70 Available

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“In this piece, the block represents families. The different colors within each block are our unique individual personalities, the way God made us. The different lengths represent different types of families and cultures, while the brass end caps bring every nation together under one God, existing peacefully with love and respect for each other, as God intends.”

— Ernest Hershberger, Founder of Abner Henry

Severine Console Table