Foundry fills Texas garden with donations

Sep 14, 2017 From staff reports

"Hope" is the name of a new life-sized bronze sculpture that will be installed at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden in Kerrville, Texas, 60 miles northwest of San Antonio.

The sculpture is the gift of an anonymous Kerrville donor, along with Monte and Beverly Paddleford of Lander.

The Paddlefords are the owners of Eagle Bronze, one of the largest art foundries in the world, according to Max Greiner Jr., president of The Coming King Foundation and creator of "The Empty Cross," a 77-foot, 7-inch COR-TEN steel sculpture at the center of the garden.

"The Paddlefords are committed Christians and lifelong friends," Greiner said, noting that they joined Greiner and his wife, Sherry, in donating the $2 million "The Empty Cross" sculpture to the prayer garden.

Beverly Paddleford orginally sculpted the "Hope" composition out of clay, before it was cast in bronze at her foundry.

The sculpture has already been placed at locations around the United States and the world.

The composition depicts Jesus holding an infant in his arms, while holding the hand of a young mother.

In addition to donating the seven-story cross to TCKF with the Greiners, the Paddlefords also donated the life-sized bronze sculpture called "Mary, Mother of Jesus," which sits at the front entrance of Kerrville's Sculpture Prayer Garden.

"This art depicts an older Mary clutching the crown of thorns to her chest, remembering the day of the crucifixion, many years earlier," Greiner said.

This free Christian art garden, open 365 days a year, draws over a hundred thousand visitors annually to the small Hill Country town, from all 50 states and over 65 countries. During the month of July 2017, the art park welcomed approximately 12,103 visitors.

The seven story cross was erected at the park on July 27, 2010, after years of opposition and a lawsuit failed to stop the cross from being erected on the private land owned by The Coming King Foundation.

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