Sculpture By Stephen Kishel

Acres of Diamonds

In one of Earl Nightingale’s 7,000 radio broadcast programs he told a story he titled “Acres of Diamonds”. In this story a struggling farmer in South Africa began hearing stories of people finding diamonds. With each story he became more discontent with his lot in life. He eventually sold his farm and began his search for diamonds. As you can imagine he knew very little about diamonds and so he searched for several years and eventually collapsed, exhausted, penniless, and died along the side of the road. Meanwhile, the man who had purchased his farm made an interesting discovery. In the stream, that ran through his farm he saw a sparkle of light, it was a shiny clear stone. Not knowing what the stone was, he brought it to his house, and placed the stone on his mantel. Several months later a visitor in his house saw the stone, and wide-eyed said, “where did you find that diamond!” The new farmer replied, “in the stream, but it couldn’t be a diamond.” “I’m sure it is, show me where you found it,” and so they went to the stream and there they found several smaller diamonds. In fact, this farm later became one of the largest diamond producing mines in South Africa: Literally acres of diamonds. On the left side of my abstract sculpture, I show a Soybean field ready for harvest with the sunlight reflecting off tops of the field like glistening diamonds. The warm yellow sun on the right side is shown like a halo encompassing the tall field of corn. The golden ears of corn are made of the same material as the sun, emphasizing the interrelationship of sunlight on a bountiful harvest. Like the first farmer we all hear stories, of greener pastures; however, the beauty of a warm sunset on a bountiful field ready for harvest reminds us that we have already found our acres of diamonds. Sculpture created by Stephen L. Kishel © January 2002 for Beck's Hybrid Atlanta, IN

Dimensions: 11' x 9' x 8"
Materials: Aluminum, Stainless Steel and Brass
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