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Crown of Thorns

Posted on 31 October, 2015

The 6th image in my current series of images with a Biblical theme. The Euphorbia milii (also known as crown of thorns, Christ plant or Christ thorn) is a species of flowering plant, native to Madagascar. It is a succulent climbing shrub, with densely spiny stems. The flowers are small and red, pink or white.

This plant inspired me to create a symbolic image using the actual plant and its flowers (red like blood) and put it on a weathered stone statue of Christ. Rather than opting for the “bloodfest” of “The Passion of Christ”, I opted to use the flowers to symbolise the blood shed by Christ on the cross, letting nature speak its message with colour.