Szeemann: And the cherries?
Thek: Oh, the cherries. What I didn't know at the time, and only discovered recently, is that they are a classic symbol for God's mercy. From very, very early Christian mythology and iconography. I didn't know that at all. At the time I was working with a very popular American song, which says that life is just a bowl of cherries, and I doubt very much that the writer of the song was at all aware that he was operating with an ancient symbol.
(Harold Szeemann and Paul Thek in conversation, 1973, in Paul Thek- The wonderful world that almost was, exh. cat., Rotterdam, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, 1995, p.387).