December 17, 2008
Light of Peace joins Nativity onMonument Square
The Nativity scene that went up in Monument Square on Dec. 8 has been joined by another symbol of the season. But unlike last year's Atheists' Pyramid, this year it's an obelisk called the Light of Peace that agreeably shares the north end of the square with the Nativity, rather than arguing with it.
The eight-ft. tall, white obelisk -- an octagonal structure about two-ft. in diameter at its base, culminating in a plexiglass lighted top -- is decorated with the word "peace" in many languages, along with the symbols of many different religions like a Christian cross, Jewish Star of David, an Islamic Crescent and Star, and Taoism's yin yang. The obelisk stands about 10-ft. from the Nativity, which was erected by the Racine Christmas Coalition of Churches.
The obelisk was erected Wednesday by members of Racine’s Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church. "We wanted to honor all traditions," said the Rev. Tony Larsen.
At its top, under the plexiglass pyramid, is a solar-powered light that will change colors.