Pope Francis Is Time’s Person Of The Year
Joe Castillo is much more than an artist; he is a story teller. Mr. Castillo first gained notoriety when he became a finalist in the seventh season of America’s Got Talent. Joe became a Christian at a young age and fell in love with scripture. Joe combined his passion for the bible and his acute artistic skills into what he calls SandStory. He uses a light table to create amazing stories that are projected with an overhead video camera. The illustrations are displayed for an audience on a large screen.
The sand art is able to convey powerful messages that leave the audience in a state of contemplation. Appropriate music chosen by Joe is coupled with the SandStory in order to complement the images, and to make the story more fluid. While he has made his presentations for companies such as Apple, Disney Marketing Group, and Lexmark International, he has also created his art for kings and dignitaries.
This time, Joe has chosen to tell the inspirational story of Pope Francis. Pope Francis is the first pope in 1,200 years who is not of European descent. He has brought hope, joy, and a renewed faith to many Catholic people who had begun to doubt the sanctity of the Vatican. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year of 2013. Nancy Gibbs, the managing editor of Time magazine, stated that he is “a new voice of conscience”.
As it was portrayed so elegantly in Castillo’s beautiful SandStory, Pope Francis has a message for the world about harmony, love, and healing. It is his mission to revitalize the church’s place in society as a sanctuary for those who are suffering. The common element between Castillo’s art and Francis’s message is that both exude an intrinsic and universal value that transcends barriers such as language. It is because of this value that Pope Francis has been received so well by the world.
Pope Francis has shunned many of the preferences of the former popes. He has expressed acceptance of all who seek a relationship with god. He has also shown distaste for many of the luxuries offered to him. For instance, he has chosen to drive a Ford Focus rather than the Mercedes offered to former popes.
Time Magazine stated that the pope has made an admirable commitment to combating poverty and living a life of humility, and it is this disposition that earned him the honor of being Person of the Year. It is also worth noting that Vanity Fair Italia named him Man of the Year in July.