A last-minute settlement last
week cleared the way for a 77-foot cross to be constructed along Interstate 10
in south Texas.
The 70-ton metal cross will be
part of a $7 million Sculpture Prayer Garden to be built on 23 acres near
Kerrville, Texas, about 100 miles southwest of Austin.
The garden will be filled with
works by charismatic artist Max Greiner, known for his 18-foot The Coming King
sculpture, which illustrates Jesus on a white horse as described in Revelation
19. The bronze statue sits outside Trinity Broadcasting Network’s headquarters
in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Greiner said his goal is to
present the gospel to visitors as they walk through the garden, viewing some of
his more famous works such as The Divine Servant, which shows Christ washing
But in 2008, residents near the
Kerrville site sued to block the construction of the cross, a centerpiece of
the garden. In an agreement reached March 1, the day the 15-month dispute was
to go to trial, Greiner’s nonprofit The Coming King Foundation agreed to pay for
construction of a fence to block residents’ view of the cross.
The settlement allows the cross
to be lighted in a way that does not intrude on residents, and Greiner’s
foundation also will pay the Mesa Vista Lane residents $25,000 over the next
“The Coming King Foundation
will realize its vision of a cross and sculpture garden and the Mesa Vista
residents will realize their goal of maintaining the privacy of their
neighborhood,” said Richard Mosty, an attorney for the Mesa Vista
homeowners, according to a statement.
State District Judge Keith
Williams said the dispute centered on property law, not religion, as some
zoning rules limit structures to 40 feet, the Associated Press reported.
Greiner hopes to unveil the cross this summer. When the prayer garden is
complete, Greiner plans to build similar gardens around the world, including in
Las Vegas; Washington, D.C.; Jerusalem; and Sedona, Ariz.
“The tabernacle was a place where people met God in
the wilderness,” Greiner told Charisma when he launched the garden
project in 2007. “That’s exactly what’s going to happen here. People are going
to meet the spirit of God in these gardens.”