In 2002 the hyperactive volcano Mount Etna, on the east coast of Sicily once again erupted, throwing up a huge ash column and sending lava flows down toward the city of Messina.
Although the threatened city was spared on this occasion, the cable car erected on the side of the mountain to transport visitors to the upper slopes was heavily damaged and later abandoned, leaving only the skeletal remains of its supporting stanchions—the works of man once again destroyed by the awesome forces of nature.
This painting shows the structure silhouetted against a stylized landscape.
images © Richard D. Perry. All rights reserved