Local Artist Geoffrey Smith Behind Sculpture Given to Pope Francis by President Trump

by Holly Gambrell May 24, 2017 12:49 PM

President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis on May 24 at the Vatican, with a gift in hand.

The gift from the president to the pope, a sculpture titled “Rising Above,” was made by Stuart-based artist Geoffrey Smith.

Other gifts given to the pope included a set of first-edition books by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and  piece of granite from the King “Stone of Hope” monument in Washington, D.C.

The White House released a statement on the gifts saying, “Crafted by an American artist, 'Rising Above' represents hope for a peaceful tomorrow, as it evokes two universal values: unity and resilience.”

The bronze statue is more than 2 feet tall and features white lotus flowers surrounded by three olive-green leaves.

“The flowering lotus exemplifies the possibility for growth and triumph in the face of trying times,” the statement says.

Smith's "The Stuart Sailfish" located in Stuart

Many of Smith’s sculptures are displayed in Palm Beach County and along the Treasure Coast, including the 18-foot-tall sailfish sculpture at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Joan Jefferson Way, titled “The Stuart Sailfish.”

For more information on Smith’s work, visit geoffreycsmith.com.

Photo via Facebook/ Geoffrey C. Smith Galleries 

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