angel bath

the bethesda fountain, central park

Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water; whoever then first, after the troubling of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.

— John 5:2-4

this is central park’s centerpiece, the bethesda fountain, upon which emma stebbins’ angel of the waters can be seen touching down to bless new york’s aging municipal plumbing. i sometimes suspect this divine intervention is all that keeps 8.2 million of us in potable water.

[ this illustration was requested by ayun halliday, editor of the zinester’s guide to n.y.c. (forthcoming from microcosm), wherein it will hopefully appear. as always, you can re-size the image to your screen by clicking on it.]

signed 11" x 17" cardstock print • $15.00 + $4.50 s&h


  1. dory says:

    what a cool project to be working on!

  2. ribbu says:

    love the illo kenan. Did you do the separations by hand, or is it vectorized somehow?

    • boy blue says:

      hm. “vectorized” sounds like something that happens in illustrator, with which i am utterly inept, so i’m pretty sure that’s not what i did.

      i scanned in a penciled version and finished it with a tablet in three layers; the sage one, the black “inks,” and the white highlights (just the water; the highlights on the statue are holes in the sage layer). the digital drawing was done in photoshop, and is pixel- rather than vector-based.

      did i answer the question?

    • boy blue says:

      also, am i doing this stupidly?

  3. Pat says:

    Beautiful, Kenan! Or for that matter, beautiful Kenan!