As a landscape artist, it's not unusual for Paul Marcus to discover inherent patterns and designs in his natural surroundings. Over the summer, as SFR first reported, at a job in south Santa Fe, Marcus saw a likeness like no other—that of Jesus on a rock. "It's not uncommon to find animal faces, even people faces in rocks when you're doing a rockscape," Marcus says. "But to see the face of Jesus…that's an entirely different story."
The righteous rock could have ended as merely adornment for the contractor's project, but after getting over the initial shock and getting a closer look at it, it was clear this wasn't your everyday mineral formation. Marcus, a member of the Eldorado Community Church, says that for the time being, the homeowner wishes to remain anonymous. "My first thought was: I've seen grilled cheese sandwiches with the image of the Virgin Mary—so I thought dollar signs—but I turned to the client and they told me they didn't want to turn their back yard into Chimayó." So, they reached a consensus to sell it with Marcus as the intermediary. As for the price tag, that's still up in the heavens. (Enrique Limón)