World Peace Prayer fountain

The World Peace Prayer fountain sculpture was dedicated on New Years Eve 2002. It is a 10' diameter bronze sphere sculpted in a traditional way with the prayer "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in over 100 languages hand sculpted on the surface. The sculpture sits as if floating in a pool and is mounted on a bearing so the anyone can spin it by hand like a prayer wheel. 

The sphere symbolizes the earth and all the prayers in over 100 languages emanate from the center of the sphere. Water flows over the entire surface washing every language, every prayer equally. There is a sense of fluidity in the sphere itself as each language and the structure of the sphere give the viewer a feeing of movement.

It was first built in wet clay over a full size welded steel armature. Plaster and fiberglass patterns were taken from the clay and rammed up in green molding sand. The silicon bronze metal was heated to 2200 degrees and poured into the mold.

To see a 30 minute documentary about the building of the sculpture click the button. 

These pages will give you a visual tour of the process.

David welded the steel armature that will hold the clay for sculpting
David welded the steel armature that will hold the clay for sculpting

Matt O"Baugh, my best modeler works on the clay lettering. Matt's an award winning Tatooist now.
Matt O"Baugh, my best modeler works on the clay lettering. Matt's an award winning Tatooist now.

Hank working on the clay. Each letter of each prayer was hand made on the big clay/steel ball.
Hank working on the clay. Each letter of each prayer was hand made on the big clay/steel ball.

Gladys making a casting pattern from a silicone mold of the clay
Gladys making a casting pattern from a silicone mold of the clay

We had to pour 2 crucibles at a time because we didn't have a larger furnace. That meant 4 men or women doing a dangerous dance to fill the mold, We had to pour 400 pounds of bronze at 2200 Degrees through a 3/4 inch hole in less then 25 seconds. lots of fun.

Unveiled on New Years Eve of 2001/2002 on the Fayetteville Square
Unveiled on New Years Eve 2002 on the Fayetteville Square

Old man of the Hills. An ice beard in sub zero weather We found the ice damaged the pool so much we have to turn it off when threatening weather comes in.
Old man of the Hills. An ice beard in sub zero weather We found the ice damaged the pool so much we have to turn it off when threatening weather comes in.

Hank Kaminsky 11

a detail of the Asian Crossing
a detail of the Asian Crossing

The sculpture is on a bearing which allows it to be spun like a prayer wheel.
The sculpture is on a bearing which allows it to be spun like a prayer wheel. The children in town love to make it spin.

The landlord needed a better way to park his trucks. Down went the studio/foundry and 12 years of worlking large.
The landlord needed a better way to park his trucks. Down went the studio/foundry and 12 years of worlking large.