Yesterday I asked the question regarding my new painting, "Wake Up America": Why did I place the rooster in the painting and what is the symbol I am using? I promised a free print to the first person who could correctly answer.
I read through all the comments and most all of you were on the right track, but didn't quite take it far enough. Yes, it is a reference to the New Testament story of how Peter, on the eve of Christ's crucifixion, denied Jesus three times. When the cock crowed, Peter went and wept bitterly. The rooster has many symbols and is usually tied with the rise of a new day, waking up, or protection. In my mind, Americans need to "wake up" to what is happening in our country. We are in a state of denial and like Peter will go and weep bitterly as we come to realize our mistake.
Gina Burnett was the first of only two that hit the nail on the head...
The rooster is symbolic of the fact that almost all of the people are denying that they are slaves of the government. The "forgotten man" understands that and is trying to break free of government slavery. There are some people that are noticing that, but not yet acting on it. The rooster is a warning of impending disaster.
I will give her my first print off the press! Thank you for entering our little contest. I will do more like this as we roll out the painting. Remember, let's WAKE UP AMERICA!!