Inspired by Pieta’, the famous sculpture done by Renaissance artist Michelangelo, Felicita’ is also about Christ. In Pieta’, Mary, the mother of Jesus, holds and mourns for her crucified and deceased son. The composition is created to evoke sadness, as the sculpture name states, in a mother’s loss of her son. In Felicita, the resurrected Christ mourns with a grieving mother who also holds her own listless son. The felicity of the subject matter is symbolized in the risen Lord, having conquered death, on the verge of healing the pitiful young boy. The tears of sadness the mother experiences will shortly become tears of joy. Through the dead Christ we are all made alive.
Within the sculpture gardens, this compassionate piece will be isolated from all else by vegetation and accompanied only by a nearby seat for visitor contemplation and reflection.
“Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.” ~3 Nephi 17:7