Columbus Memorial Hall is opening for a new era, and it’s bringing a new approach to memorial halls.
The museum is turning to the art of painting and sculpture to celebrate the life and legacy of Jesus Christ.
The installation of a statue of Jesus, created by sculptor James E. Pfeifer, will be displayed at the museum and will be installed next to the museum’s original marble dome.
The new design, unveiled Friday, comes as a response to the fact that many of the original memorial halls have been vandalized in recent years, said curator, Dr. Stephen W. Hahn.
Hahn said the statue will be “an example of what a good memorial hall can be” and will not only honor Christ, but also the legacy of all of the thousands of people who have been killed in the building.
“What’s so beautiful about it is that we’re not just looking at a painting of a man.
We’re looking at the face of the man who created the first temple, who is the father of all creation, and he’s dead, and the world is filled with grief and we’re in mourning,” Hahn said.
“We want to honor that and bring it out into the world.”
Hahn explained that the museum is working with the Columbus Art Center, a group that focuses on the restoration of historic and cultural sites, to bring in a new artistic style and to offer a different way of viewing the memorials that the city has built over the years.
The project began when the Ohio Historical Society commissioned the sculptor to create a sculpture of Christ, which was unveiled in June at the Columbus Municipal Museum.
The sculpture is made of limestone and glass and is the most famous example of the art form.
The sculpture was commissioned by the Columbus Public Art Commission, which oversees the work of artists.
“This is a project that has been in the works for quite some time,” Hahn said.
“We’re really just trying to find a way to honor this incredible person that we all know and love.”
Hahn has spent his entire life studying the history of the memorial.
He studied with the sculptors and historians who worked on the original statue, and when the museum commissioned him to create the new design he said he knew he wanted to incorporate a more contemporary interpretation.
The statue was made from the original marble floor of the Columbus Memorial Hall.
Hahns office is currently in the process of completing the marble floor and is in the final stages of finalizing the project.
The exhibit, called “The Resurrection: A Journey Through the History of the Columbian Memorial Hall,” is expected to open in October.
It will be open to the public on Memorial Day and will feature new sculptures of Jesus as well as original marble work.