14 Foot Monument Near Completion
Sculptor Bob Harness is seeing his vision turn into reality. What once was an 18” model has now turned into a 14 foot monument of Christ walking in the sand holding an old man. Inspired by the poem, “Footprints in the Sand,” this project is expected to be completed in June of this year. Cast in bronze, the statue will weigh over a ton and will be located on the corner of the Southwest Loop and Dixie Lake Road. With land donated by the Pippen family, a memorial park will be constructed at this location.
This has become a community project with over 100 school children, church groups, welders, surveyors, and engineers lending a hand. People have come from all walks of life and from all around the world. Some have come from as far away as Taiwan, Columbia, Scotland and Mexico, as well as over 10 different states. A grandmother brought her 2 ½ year old grandson to add clay to the statue. She said he would be a part of history. A lady brought her 94 year old mother who was in a wheel chair to add clay. A nine year old girl brought her mother, dad and other family members. The statue is unique in that people will approach it from the rear and follow the footprints cast in sand for 100 feet to reach the circular plaza where Christ is standing. “It is amazing and inspiring to see a community come together—volunteering their time, talent and resources along with financial support,” says Harness. “This will be a private park for all people to come to pray, meditate and reflect.”