Luke 7:28 “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus. He was a prophet laying the way for Christ. He spoke of one greater than himself that would soon come. The artist portrays John the Baptist as a true prophet, yet having a demeanor of humility and obedience to God. He was martyred himself, decapitated and his head was served on a plate. John the Baptist is linked to water. Water was an essential part of John the Baptist’s ministry, so it is natural for an artist like Gib Singleton to use the figure of John the Baptist to create a fountain. The artist uses the sound of water as a part of the sculpture to help the viewer connect with the narrative.