In “The Helmet,” the saint holds a space helmet. The helmet is a type of the Helmet of Salvation from the Armor of God in Ephesians. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13) “Inside the helmet is an earthly sky, while ‘pouring out’ of the inside of the helmet is a view of space. Space is symbolic of heavenly or spiritual realms. So while the outside appears to be of this world, the inside is of a spiritual nature.
The red crown of thorns encircles the helmet showing that to receive the knowledge of the spiritual, we must ‘put on Christ.’ This is not without hardship as the thorns are sharp and will surely injure the saint who is grasping them. “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) Putting on Christ will also give us a view of the natural through the eyes of the eternal. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
The monkey in the spacesuit represents those who proclaim the Lord, but have no fruit. They are really only pretending. They are not putting on Christ, but an idea. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.” (Acts 17:24)
This painting is in a private collection