“The Magic of Finding Love and Peace,” a book borrowed from a friend, drew my attention while skimming through the beautifully defined pages, when I came upon this image. I had to learn more.
“Cheemah, Mother of the Spirit-Fire, is an eighteen-foot (5.5 meter) tall bronze monument dedicated to celebrating cultural diversity, world unity and care for the earth. Osprey Orielle Lake is the artist and founder of the International Cheemah Monument Project. Ms. Lake’s vision is to place eight Cheemah monuments around the world to create an inspiring bridge between cultures. Three of the eight monuments have already been placed in Hamburg International Airport in Germany; Majorca, Spain and in Oakland CA. at Jack London Square.” — The Cheemah Project
My blog is about empowering women to find their voices. This project is a beautiful example of finding passionate ways to make a difference around the planet by working towards common goals. The artists, the musicians, the people who seek beauty in the world, benefit us all by letting us focus on the good we can do. Use your lenses and be inspired.
The primary elements of the statue are a compassionate, dignified woman with a beautiful torch adorned with earth medallions, a ring of colors representing all the people of the world, and a magnificent soaring golden eagle in full flight. Throughout time, in cultures worldwide, the eagle has represented the sun with its far reaching wings that touch us all like the rays of the sun. The composition and overall image of the sculpture convey strength and victory; not the victory that comes with overpowering others, but rather the victory of seeking a unified positive future. The aim of this monument is to uplift people and ennoble the heart and mind.
At the base of the statue there are sun images of different cultures represented. Much care has been considered while creating these masterpieces. Click on the links to learn more.
Circle of Life, just one of many in the collection
Cheemah is the bright and shining spirit
of our beautiful Mother Planet
and is within each and every human.
Cheemah is the spirit of life
and is all light on our Earth.
Cheemah is the loving symbol
of every human’s right to celebrate their life
no matter their heritage, gender, nationality or religion.
In her hand, Cheemah carries the torch of Hope and Peace.
This radiant fire honors our Mother Earth
and unity amongst the many Peoples of our world.
In celebration of our twenty-first century
Cheemah, Mother of the Spirit-Fire
is dedicated to healing the differences
and pain of our World Family
and working together to heal
our relationship with our Precious Planet.
— Osprey Orielle Lake