A strangely beautiful desert hillside has been the location of Desert Christ Park for over 50 years.
Desert Christ Park (called for a time Antone Martin Memorial Park) is the only place in the world where you can be a participant in The Last Supper. The larger-than-life bas-relief features a window perfect for posing next to JC. Any pangs of sacrilege dispel when you notice the back of the tableau is tiered for exactly this photo op.
Desert Christ preaches on the Mount.Starting in the 1950s, sculptor Antone Martin fashioned concrete into over 35 Biblical figures. Despite the apparent theme, he created the park as his personal statement of peace rather than religious devotion.
Statues dot the hillside wrapping above the Evangelical Free Church in a fashion seen today only in surreal pharmaceutical commercials.
There are groupings of disciples listening to the Sermon on the Mount, apostles and other biblical characters in discussion or contemplation. The bright alabaster sculptures of followers tend to face away from the sun, while the Messiah images all face the bustling town of Yucca Valley.
By kjfitz @ 2005-08-21 15:41:36