“El Sueño de las Dos Columnas” San Juan Bosco/ “The Dream of the Two Columns” mural by AVonnHartung in Capilla San Juan Bosco (Orocovis, Puerto Rico)
Commissioned by Padre Jorge Santiago Cartagena SDB
An 18-by-50-foot mural behind the altar in the Church of San Juan
Bosco in the central mountain town of Orocovis, Puerto Rico.
Entitled The Dream of the Two Columns, the mural depicts “a dream St. John Bosco (1815-1888) had about the Church. The Italian priest, visionary and founder of the religious order of the Salesians, San Juan Bosco said the dream foretold the trials the Church would face, yet survive, through faith and the power of the Holy Eucharist and Mary’s intercession.
In the mural, as in the dream, the Pope pilots an enormous ship that is under attack from enemy galleons shooting – anti-Catholic books pamphlets and other untruths. As the ship flounders in a fierce storm, the pope anchors it to two columns. Atop one column is the Holy Eucharist and atop the other a statue of Mary Help of Christians.”
(from news interview with artist by Mary Walsh, Four County Catholic, May 2004, Norwich CT)