The Peace Mural has been safely moved to it's new
position in the Relic Gallery.
Mural by Professor Joseph Slawinski is 24 feet across the front, 7!6 feet
wide and stands 5 feet from the floor.
left side shows the consequences of a lack of peace. A horrible
aftermath of an atomic bomb mushroom hovers above spectral figures, clad
in death white.
right side instead depicts Professor Slawinski's fanciful projection of
a tranquil world with laughing children and cosmic harmony. It is a
scene of plenty, culture and education with inter-planetary travel and
peace among the people of the world. When peace prevails, the earth
is a joyous place.
In the center of the Mural stands a pregnant young
woman. She is a symbol that peace is not yet here, but its
possibility is present. Surrounding her are four figures
representing the four races of the world. Positioned above them is
the symbol of the Holy Trinity drawing together the two hemispheres.
Joseph Slawinski has produced a unique type of art work known as "SGRAFFITO".
is a form of mural decoration that predates even formal architecture
itself. The art was employed to add a modicum of beauty to the
Etruscan tombs and the catacombs of ancient Rome using only the two colors
of black and white. Professor Slawinski has pioneered the use of
additional color in sgraffito by adding pigment to cement. His work
graces more than 150 churches, theaters, palaces and homes in his native
country of Poland.
the artist does a full length painting, called a cartoon, in the same
proportions as the mural he plans to do. He then traces the outline
of the painting on heavy transparent paper. After this, the paper is
perforated and is laid over the mural area, which has been previously
layered with four coats of pigment cement: black, red, yellow, and
fine charcoal dust is poured over the paper. It filters through the
perforations and leaves an outline for the artist to follow with
chisel-like tools until he reaches the desired color.
process is particularly suited for murals of a religious, historic, or
ornamental nature. "The art is capable of producing an inspiring
spiritual feeling," Professor Slawinski has said.
of pilgrims coming every year to visit our Shrine are inspired in their
search for peace through this masterpiece.
Mural is made possible by many concerned people who, with their
contributions, are providing the necessary funds.