The Life Monument Historic Installation in Rome, USA Tour

A stunning monument to life was installed in Rome last May and is also making its way across the United States.

The Monument to Life is the first pro-life sculpture in the Eternal City, according to the work’s creator, Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmaltz.

“Now, more than ever, with the debate going on in the United States, this sculpture, which is in Rome and also in the United States, is even more significant,” Schmaltz saidreferring to the US Supreme Court Dobbs a decision that was eventually overturned Roe v. Wade.

“It’s a celebration and also a persuasion,” Schmaltz said. “I wanted to use art to convince people and remind everyone that life is beautiful.”

The monument of life celebrates the miracle of life and the woman at the center of this miracle through a bronze sculpture depicting the mother and womb in the shape of a world with the unborn child at the center. The design of the sculpture draws the viewer to the center where a world-shaped womb made of mirror steel reflects the viewer. Thus, they will see themselves at the center of the work, representing their personal connection to the miracle of the creation of human life.

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The work refers to the Christ Child and the unborn life.

The lard is made different sizes of the Monument of Life in different materials for different causes and places, including an 8-foot monumental size, a larger colossal size, a miniature (desktop size), and a talisman-sized piece as part of a rosary. He would like to see the sculpture installed in US capitals as a testament to life, a project that continues.

The National Monument to Life Girelli Rosary and Glass Miniature/Lisa Bourne


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The 8-foot bronze monument to life, permanently installed May 27 in the church of San Marcello al Corso in Rome, is significant for its ability to convey the message of life to the world, Schmaltz said.

“[I’m] I’m very excited that the Eternal City has an image of the unborn Jesus,” Schmaltz told reporters at the installation. “This is the city with the most images of Jesus in the world, and as one cardinal told me, ‘If something comes to Rome, it comes to the world.'” I think it’s very exciting to have a representation of the sacredness of all lives here. “

Marina Cazzini, president of the Movimento per la Vita Italiano, attended the installation of the Life Monument in San Marcello.

“The statue is wonderful,” said Cazzini, “not only because of its artistic expression, but also because of the message it contains.”

“Women hold the world in their wombs,” she said. “It’s a fantastic message, an ecumenical message.”

Casini and Schmaltz at the installation in the Church of San Marcello/Tim Schmaltz YouTube

Schmaltz talks about how art can express the message of life in a report from Catholic News Service.

“Works of art have the power to persuade, persuade and move people,” he said. “The more representations of mother and child we have in our visual landscape,” the better.

Schmaltz noted the mirror effect of the steel womb, allowing viewers to see themselves in the womb, and the reminder that all lives begin in the mother’s womb.

He reflected that “maybe this will be some kind of persuasion” to make people think more deeply about the beauty of all human life.

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Schmaltz believed it was providential that the installation of the monument to life in the church in Rome took place while pro-lifers were prayerfully waiting Dobbs answer. At the time of the installation, the majority’s draft opinion had expired on May 2, signaling what would happen later with the June 24 publication of the ruling that reversed Rowe.

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He spoke of the need to rediscover the value and impact of “the power of the visual” in relation to life evangelism.

In the past, the visual arts have contributed to teaching the faith to a largely illiterate society, Schmaltz said. But the problem today is not that people can’t read, but that they don’t have time to read.

People “need visual bites,” Schmaltz said, and if the Church can continue to “spread these positive messages that are relevant today, then they evangelize quietly, subtly.”

lard hopes his pro-life message reminds people of their own gift of life and that the beauty of art will touch the hearts of those who support legalized abortion.

A colossal 2-1/2-ton version of the statue is on tour across the United States.

Now in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, it stands in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, a national shrine. The installation involved bringing in a special crane to move it from the maintenance yard to the piazza at the base of the basilica steps.

The Life monument will remain there until the end of August.

Catholic Diocese of Brownsville

Father Jorge Gómez, Rector of the Basilica, said“Of all the places he could have gone, we are especially privileged here to have been chosen for his visit.”

Erika Salazar, Diocese of Brownsville Pro-Life Office Associate, shared the Diocese’s gratitude:

“She is beautiful! In a special way, she explicitly depicts the life she carries in her womb. What is so special about this image is the beauty of seeing humanity and life in the womb. Having worked at a pregnancy center, I know firsthand the importance of a mother seeing her child with a sonogram. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle is visited by people from all walks of life. Now we have the Virgin Mary to greet them as they approach the entrance…it is so healing and life saving. On the other hand, the timing of her arrival on June 27 was so predictable! She arrived just days after Roe vs. Wade was canceled. Words cannot describe the joy that the statue of Our Lady of Life has brought to Many. We are very grateful and feel God’s embrace for our diocese.”

The tour will end at the end of August, with the currently touring Life Monument arriving there permanent home in Washington, DCoutside the Catholic University of America College of Theology, just across the street from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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