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Granite "Nordic Civilization" - part of the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" surrounded by water sprays - 1994

The smoothness of the surface and the graceful, curving lines expressed in this full-scale model of Nordic Civilization are highly suggestive of the sea itself.

The large, powerful sea-god Poseidon’s right hand rests upon the body of a shark. His other arm is outstretched and the hand’s palm is downward, suggesting his control of the waves…

Bronze plaque on the edge of the basin for the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" - 1994

The Fountain, also known as the "Cleveland War Memorial", is composed of a large granite basin set with bronze plaques containing the names of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Located within the basin are four granite carvings depicting the great civilizations of the earth: Nordic, Eastern, Southern and Western cultures.

Granite "Southern Civilization" - part of the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" surrounded by water sprays - 1994

The Fountain, also known as the "Cleveland War Memorial", is composed of a large granite basin set with bronze plaques containing the names of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Located within the basin are four granite carvings depicting the great civilizations of the earth: Nordic, Eastern, Southern and Western cultures.

Granite "Eastern Civilization" - part of the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" surrounded by water sprays - 1994

Fredericks portrays Eastern culture with a god identified as Buddha. Leaning over his shoulder is the monkey god, Hanuman, who symbolizes loyalty, courage and strength.

In the center of the sculpture is the elephant-headed god Ganesh. To his left are two figures kneeling in prayer. The head and neck of a bull form the left end of the sculpture.…

Granite "Western Civilization" - part of the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" surrounded by water sprays - 1994

The Fountain, also known as the "Cleveland War Memorial", is composed of a large granite basin set with bronze plaques containing the names of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Located within the basin are four granite carvings depicting the great civilizations of the earth: Nordic, Eastern, Southern and Western cultures.

Granite "Eastern Civilization" for the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" - 1994

Fredericks portrays Eastern culture with a god identified as Buddha. Leaning over his shoulder is the monkey god, Hanuman, who symbolizes loyalty, courage and strength.

In the center of the sculpture is the elephant-headed god Ganesh. To his left are two figures kneeling in prayer. The head and neck of a bull form the left end of the sculpture.…

Granite "Western Civilization" for the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" - 1994

The Fountain, also known as the "Cleveland War Memorial", is composed of a large granite basin set with bronze plaques containing the names of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Located within the basin are four granite carvings depicting the great civilizations of the earth: Nordic, Eastern, Southern and Western cultures.

Granite " Nordic Civilization" for the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" - 1994

The smoothness of the surface and the graceful, curving lines expressed in this full-scale model of Nordic Civilization are highly suggestive of the sea itself.

The large, powerful sea-god Poseidon’s right hand rests upon the body of a shark. His other arm is outstretched and the hand’s palm is downward, suggesting his control of the waves…

Plaque at the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life"

Plaque reads: The four granite carvings depict the geographical civilizations of Earth.

The bronze sphere symbolizes the superstitions and legends of mankind.

The bronze figure is man rising from the flames and reaching for eternal peace.

Marshall Fredericks, sculptor

Alternate rear view of the "Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life" - 1994

The Fountain, also known as the "Cleveland War Memorial", is composed of a large granite basin set with bronze plaques containing the names of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Located within the basin are four granite carvings depicting the great civilizations of the earth: Nordic, Eastern, Southern and Western cultures.