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MONUMENT OF PEACE

A unique peace monument of weird beauty and huge dimensions is now being completed in America by the Swedish. sculptor, Carl Milles.

The group, which has been ordered by the city of St. Paul and will be placed in its town hall, consists of five Indians gathered around-y a sacrificial fire from" the smoke of which rises the Great Spirit in the shape of an old Indian chieftain.

The monument has been cut out from 90 large blocks of white American onyx with golden veins.

It will be placed on. a revolving base making one revolution in' four hours. The group will be artificially lighted from within to give the semitransparent material the desired effect.

The sculptor symbolises humanity beseeching the Great Spirit for peace, the five Indians representing the league of five Indian tribes which

played an important part in American history during colonial times. The central figure, the Great Spirit, is of such large size that the nails of his hand raised in blessing over the Indians are as large as \an '■ ordinary human hand.

Milles has used a great deal of' Indian symbolism in working out the detail of the group. The head of the Spirit Chieftain is adorned with a hood of eagles' feathers. On his mantle the legend of a fight between two enemy tribes is described in Indian picturewriting.

It shows the fallen warriors and their horses rising to the blissful hunting, grounds, -where the Great Spirit fixes them as constellations on the firmament.. . . . ...

Mr. Milles, who has worked in America for several years, still retains his picturesque home in Sweden, a villa on the outskirts of Stockholm, and pays occasional visits to his native country.

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MONUMENT OF PEACE, Evening Post, Issue 51, 29 February 1936

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MONUMENT OF PEACE Evening Post, Issue 51, 29 February 1936

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