I saw the documentary "Monumental" the other day, and it's really cool. "Monumental" is about American history, and the almost-forgotten "National Monument to the Forefathers." Production of the movie is perhaps a little over-dramatic (Check out the trailer as an example of what I mean =P), but it kept me from getting bored. Most of us don't even know that this monument exists, but it stands as a tribute to the principles of America. Look at the poster, and examine the monument in the back left corner a little closer. The "National Monument to the Forefathers" is over 80 feet tall, and is comprised of five statues (and smaller reliefs) that symbolize important values. The central figure stands for faith, and holds an open Bible. The four surrounding statues are Liberty, Morality, Law, and Education.
|Liberty sits on a lion skin, holding a sword. Broken chains bind his wrists and feet. The two side reliefs are "Tyranny Overthrown" and "Peace."|
Morality holds the Ten Commandments, and is seated above two reliefs, "Prophet" and "Evangelist." Morality has no eyes, because her thoughts are focused inwards.
Law also holds the Ten Commandments, and sits with his hand outstretched in judgement. The two side reliefs are "Justice" and "Mercy."
Education teaches out of a Bible, and blends the two side reliefs of "Youth" and "Wisdom."
"National Monument to the Forefathers. Erected by a grateful people in remembrance of their labors, sacrifices and sufferings for the cause of civil and religious liberty."