No Room at the Inn.
 Busch, Peter

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Title:No Room at the Inn

Every December, the best sand artists from around the world come to the Canary Islands to practice their sand-sculpting craft around the theme of Christ's birth narrative. When viewing this particular work by the sand sculptor, Peter Busch, the full force of the innkeeper's turning away of Mary and Joseph comes to the fore. The viewer can almost feel Mary's discomfort, as she labors in carrying the Christ child. This is remarkable, considering that the artist succeeds without the use of color or the articulation possible with metalwork.

Artist:Busch, Peter
Building:Belen de arena de Las Canteras, Plaza Saulo Toron
Object/Function:Sculpture, freestanding
City/Town:Canary Islands

Scripture:Luke 2:1-20
Person as Subject:Innkeeper (Biblical figure)
Joseph, the husband of Mary
Mary, the mother of Jesus
Lectionary links:ANatv

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Attribution:Busch, Peter. No Room at the Inn, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 3, 2020]. Original source:
Record Number:54232 Last Updated: 2019-12-17 13:17:39 Record Created: 2009-03-19 09:31:36
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition