Internationally acclaimed artist Ginés Serrán will make a grand declaration of peace when he unveils the world’s largest bronze sculpture of Classical Mythology, “The Union of the World: Monument to World Peace,” on January 23rd in Mary Brickell Village, Miami. Since Phidias and Chares created “Zeus” and the “Colossus of Rhodes” both of which were destroyed over 2,000 years ago, no other sculpture has been created of such magnitude. Measuring 26 feet in height and 17,600 pounds in weight, today this bronze statue is the largest in the world. Miami will become its permanent home.
“Similar to France’s offering of the Statue of Liberty to New York in 1886 as an icon of Freedom, ‘The Union of the World’ is being offered to the City of Miami as a symbol of peace in the world,” states Serrán.
Tomás P. Regalado, the Honorable Mayor of the City of Miami, with artist Ginés Serrán and Dr. Dame Evangeline Gouletas, Former First Lady of New York State and renowned real estate developer, will unveil the historical monument on January 23 at 6:00 pm. Mayor Regalado will also present the artist with the Key to the City of Miami for his artistic and humanitarian contributions to the world.
The Statue of Liberty in New York finally meets her mate, ‘The Union of the World’ in Miami, making these the two most significant symbols of freedom and peace in America. ‘The Union of the World’ will become a landmark for the City of Miami, admired by thousands of people from all over the world.
Ginés Serrán, who lived in New York most of his life, has had 150 exhibitions in 15 countries and has received international awards and recognitions. This year marks the 30th anniversary since his first exhibition in America at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. To create his monument for peace, he was inspired by the legend of Hercules. Born in the city of Ceuta, Spain, which according to the myth was one of the two Pillars, instead of separating the Columns of the World, the artist sculpted the hero uniting them.
The sculpture symbolizes the union of the Hellenic and Latino cultures with the history of the United States as well as the cultural ties of Europe with America. Interestingly enough this sculpture is also connected to the history of the United States through the origin of the US dollar. The two vertical lines of the US dollar sign ($) are the two Pillars of Hercules, adopted by Congress on July 6, 1785.
When Evangeline was introduced to Ginés Serrán, she was moved by his artwork and touched by his dedication to peace. As a Board Member of UNICEF, Evangeline has long served as an advocate of world peace. For her latest development in Miami, SkyPalace, Evangeline focuses on the concept of fusing Architecture and Art. “Children who grow up surrounded by art become more sensitive adults; people who are living day to day influenced by art become more inspired human beings – that lifestyle is what I envision for the residents of my buildings,” states Evangeline.
The City of Miami has been for many years a haven for thousands of people who enjoy its climate, calmness, lush landscaping and diverse cultures. In contrast, today the world is facing turbulent times with eight major wars, and still the City will stand with this Monument, “The Union of the World”, as a symbol of World Peace.
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