THE CROSS OF PEACE

A UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF HARMONY AND UNITY, UNITING THE THREE BRANCHES OF CHRISTIANITY: ORTHODOXY, CATHOLICISM, AND PROTESTANTISM

"The Cross of Peace" stands as a monumental sculpture, a global emblem of harmony and unity. Marking a historic moment since 1054, "The Cross of Peace" brings together the three branches of Christianity: Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism. This monumental symbol of life, which Sergey Melnikoff and Viktor Belchik are creating from the debris of war—fragments of artillery mines and shells collected in Ukrainian fields—stands as a testament to humanity's yearning for peace amidst the ravages of conflict. The sculpture, aptly named "The Cross of Peace," will serve as a poignant symbol for the United Christian Church, echoing the unity that prevailed before the Great Schism.

A GLOBAL SYMBOL OF CHRISTIAN FAITH AND UNITY!

“The Cross of Peace” not only embodies faith but also signifies unity. Standing at three meters (118 inches) tall, it will be adorned with a mosaic of military munitions fragments, intricately arranged. Crafted from fragments of artillery mines and shells, the figure of Christ and the letters IHS will be plated in gold and silver, ensuring their brilliance endures for centuries.

A TESTAMENT TO TRIUMPH OVER DEATH!

“The Cross of Peace” encapsulates the triumph of life over death. Originating from a nation defending its people against Russian aggression, this symbol of the three Christian religions embodies the hope for peace and justice. Notably, that this work of art is using the embroidered Ukrainian national towel, symbolizing the nation’s spirit and identity.

A SANCTIFIED JOURNEY ACROSS CHRISTIAN LANDS!

This sacred artifact from Ukraine can find its temporary home in various Christian places of worship dedicated to the Lord God. These include the Church of the Resurrection and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Church of St. George in Istanbul, the Iberian Monastery on Mount Athos, St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral in Kiev, Tsminda Sameba in Georgia, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, and numerous other revered sites around the globe cherished by Christians.

Twenty thousand 5.45 caliber shell casings will be used for the intricate ornamentation that adorns “The Cross of Peace.” The Christ figure will be painstakingly assembled from small fragments of artillery mines coated with a layer of pure gold, and the IHS letters will be made of sterling silver. A poignant addition to the sculpture is an artillery shell embedded in its lower section. The Сross will be mounted on a stand assembled from the pieces of large-caliber artillery mines, where rust stains symbolically evoke the blood of Christ shed for atone for the sins of mankind.

"THE CROSS OF PEACE" SYMBOLIZES THE URGENCY TO HALT ARMED CONFLICTS ACROSS OUR GLOBE AND AVERT A THIRD WORLD WAR!

“The Cross of Peace” stands as a poignant symbol of peace and reconciliation, aimed at halting military conflicts and preventing the catastrophic outbreak of a third world war. Through a global tour, the sculpture will be showcased in front of the parliaments of nations supporting Ukraine’s peace initiatives.

The creation of “The Cross of Peace” signifies a beacon of hope for a brighter future. History has demonstrated that such symbols possess the power to inspire peace and harmony amidst adversities and challenges.

IN RECENT CENTURIES, NO OTHER RELIGION HAS POSSESSED SUCH SYMBOLIC HEIRLOOMS!