A Stairway to Heaven is Not a Snake

Duration: 2’15”



A bronze snake stands beside the famous Charging Bull in New York. The aggressive looking bull, by the Italian sculptor Arturo di Modica, is supposed to be an allegory of the market optimism of the stock exchange, and it has become the symbol of Wall Street and the Financial District. Although the artist had meant the sculpture as criticism of the unlimited greed of Wall Street, its meaning remains ambiguous – as opposed to the snake’s meaning, which is absolutely clear.

In history the snake has always been a a symbol of evil, the devil – amongst other things. In this animation the snake turns itself into a ‘stair maker’, no less, seducing us to take the stairs to heaven. ‘The sky is the limit’: having money, preferrably a lot of it, is heaven on earth.