Saint Francis Sculpture Garden
A place for Prayer and Meditation.
The communtity have most likely heard the buzz regarding the St. Francis of
Assisi Sculpture Prayer and Meditation Garden being built at Marywood in
Grand Rapids. This garden will be a beautiful stroll for all
to enjoy. The highlight of the garden will be 24 bronze statues
placed strategically along the pathway with storyboards on the
life of St. Francis of Assisi at each station. There will also
be benches placed along the path, where
you can sit in solitude. A grotto with the deathbed scene of
Francis surrounded with his friends will be constructed as well.
Originally, 16 of the bronze statues sculpted by artist Mic
Carlson were exhibited during the month of September through
October 2004, during the feast of St. Francis at the Basilica
of San Francesco in Assisi, Italy. Mic was the first American
artist to be invited to exhibit the bronze by the head of the
Basilica, Padre Vincenzo Coli. Over 30,000 people from all walks
of life from around the world enjoyed the presentation. The
Assisi experience was one Mic wanted to continue in his hometown
of Grand Rapids. Pilgrims in Assisi stood in awe as they touched
the statues, read the storyboards, smiled, cried and prayed.
It was an incredible journey that must be shared.
This garden will be one of a kind when completed. The building
of the garden relies on donations. There are different levels
you can memorialize a family member or friend by placing their
name on a bronze statue a garden bench, chapel bench, or a brick.
If you know of anybody that would be interested in donating
to this wonderful garden, please contact a staff member at Instruments
of Hope at 616-862-1865 or Mic Carlson 616-443-0376.
You can also visit the The Waters Building 161 Ottawa N.W
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 suite 100 to see the collection of the bronze
statues of St. Francis on display. Visit www.instrumentsofhope.net
Michigan Fallen Warrior Memorial Project
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short movie A Year in Assisi by videographer Andrea
On June 11th,
2008, Pope Benedict XVI
Receives a Bronze
of Assisi from Sculptor Mic Carlson
"Peaceful Assisi, for many centuries, has
been a place of pilgrimage, prayer and contemplation, with its
power to inspire and rejuvenate, to sooth and comfort.
I simply felt a deep call to an ancient place of peace in honor
of a man of peace, Francis of Assisi."
There is so much chaos in the world right now
and we need the inspiration to help cultivate more peace in our
community. Francis of Assisi, one of the most celebrated men of
peace has captured the hearts of millions for the past 800 years.
Time Magazine 1992 Top 10 greatest people. #1 Saint
Francis of Assisi
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