The statue that came to life and walked out the door
It was in the act itself that he wanted to stop it. Somehow cast the whole scene into marble and let it stand for eternity in some forgotten temple. And yet it was a scene that existed only in motion, only in the brief and imaginary snapshot captured by his eye. To say he wanted to save the scene is to say he wanted to save his interpretation of the scene, which is exactly all he could do.