Cross of Inspiration


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Felix de Weldon

Cross of Inspiration
Bronze with granite base Limited Edition
Size (inches)
30 h x 18.5 w x 11 d

The Cross of Inspiration is Mr. de Weldon's tribute honoring the 2000th year anniversary of the birth of Christ. In 1944, Mr. de Weldon was commissioned to create a cross for St. Nicholas Church in Maryland. This church was founded by the Jesuits in 1634 after the land was given to them by the King of the Patuxent Indians, Maquacomen.

It took Mr. de Weldon over six months to complete a 3000 pound marble, life size, sculpture which graces the altar. Mr. de Weldon told us: "Nobody can pose for Christ. I went by my imagination and by the traditional likeness."

Close to the completion of this magificent work, Felix de Weldon pondered what he would do next. The day he finished this masterpiece he encountered a wire featuring Joe Rosenthal´s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph. Mr. de Weldon worked on the "Iwo Jima War Memorial" from 1945 to November 10, 1954.

The Cross of Inspiration is visited by people from all over the world. Upon viewing this masterpiece, it is easy to see why Mr. de Weldon, being the most celebrated sculptor of the twentieth century, was the most appropriate sculptor for this undertaking.