Morningside Heights' Intricate "Peace Fountain" Depicts Several Representations of the Conflict Between Good and Evil

Sculpted in 1985 by artist Greg Wyatt, the Peace Fountain resides on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The 40-foot tall bronze sculpture depicts several scenes of good vs. evil, with the Archangel Michael and his defeat of Satan as the centerpiece. The inscription the a plaque on the base of the fountain read:

Peace Fountain celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil, and sets before us the world’s opposing forces—violence and harmony, light and darkness, life and death—which God reconciles in his peace.When the fountain operates, four courses of water cascade down the freedom pedestal into a maelstrom evoking the primordial chaos of Earth. Foursquare around the base, flames of freedom rise in witness to the future. Ascending from the pool, the freedom pedestal is shaped like the double helix of DNA, the key molecule of life. Atop the pedestal a giant crab reminds us of life’s origins in sea and struggle. Facing West, a somnolent Moon reflects tranquility from a joyous Sun smiling to the East. The swirls encircling the heavenly bodies bespeak the larger movements of the cosmos with which earthly life is continuous.

Despite being built as a fountain, the sculpture currently holds no water. You can see the amazing sculpture in person at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights.

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