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.