Mary, Queen of the Universe

created by artist, Jill Burkee

The signature statue of the Shrine, Mary, Queen of the Universe, is carved in white carrara marble, extracted from the quarry of Caves de Michelangelo in Pietrasanta, Italy.  The objective of the statue was to depict a simple girl of Nazareth while representing the Queen chosen by God.  The overall design of the Madonna and Child achieves this objective.  

The geometric purity of the Madonna's face maintains twentieth-century clarity while looking for a sense of continuity from the Renaissance.  The true lines and minimal detailing - a premonition of faith.