On Why There Is A Crane On The Cover Of Fortunate Fall. (from our designer, Benjamin Lee)
"My original intent came from a small book called “Symbols of Christian Faith", and cranes were an important part of early church iconography. Given your deep thematic roots for “fortunate fall", it was all too perfect. The crane represents renewal, rejuvenation, and resurrection because its migratory flight pattern announces the coming of Spring (and subsequently Easter). … the Crane also represents Christian vigilance, as it is considered a sentinel of the night. (I went there because of your desire to capture Church art without it being directly church art—and because the iconography and ubiquity of stained glass windows seemed an appropriate starting place). Churches, especially more ancient ones, always regarded as these sentinels of faith, remaining permanently rooted throughout the passage of time. “The crane’s vigilance was extolled by Hohnberg in 1675 in his book of emblems: ‘By night the crane a pebble gripped doth hold, / Lest sleep surprise his watch and close his eyes. / So, lest this world should lull with pomp and gold, / The cross reminds us where our duty lies.’ " Its also why I chose those flower pedals, fresh, vibrant, white with a tinge of purple (Christ’s royalty).
It actually comes from the Medieval Bestiary, and the Crane was often regarded as a sentinel, as a mark for vigil and monastic life.
St. Anthony of Padua was recorded as having offered the following in a sermon: Merciful men compared to cranes. Let us, therefore, be merciful, and imitate the cranes, who, when they set off for their appointed place, fly up to some lofty eminence, in order that they may obtain a view of the lands which they are going to pass. The leader of the band goes before them, chastises those that fly too slowly, and keeps together the troop by his cry. As soon as he becomes hoarse, another takes his place; and all have the same care for those that are weary; so that if any one is unable to fly, the rest gather together, and bear him up till he recovers his strength. Nor do they take less care of each other when they are on the ground. They divide the night into watches, so that there may be a diligent care over all. Those that watch hold a weight in one of their claws, so that, if they happen to sleep, it falls on the ground and makes a noise, and thus convicts them of somnolency. Let us, therefore, be merciful as the cranes; that, placing ourselves on a lofty watch-tower in this life, we may look out both for ourselves and for others, may lead those that are ignorant of the way, and may chastise the slothful and negligent by our exhortations. Let us succeed alternately to labour. Let us carry the weak and infirm, that they faint not in the way. In the watches of the night, let us keep vigil to the Lord, by prayer and contemplation.”