Webb City, Missouri


Praying Hands Memorial


category : Arts
Praying Hands Memorial

Nestled in the small Midwest town of Webb City, Missouri, the Heartland of America, stands the Praying Hands Memorial. Its stately vigil of more than twenty years is a silent testimony of the need for individual reflection and commitment.

In 1971, Jack Dawson, a 20 year old college student, approached the Webb City Park Board and the Historical Society about an art piece he wanted to build in the city's King Jack Park. They not only approved and authorized the "Praying Hands" placement in the park, but they encouraged local citizens and merchants to help fund the project. To this day, the upkeep for this memorial is primarily funded through private donations.

Dawson began the work in his own backyard creating a steel understructure covered with a metal lath. Curiosity would best describe the first attention he received as local residents saw this sculpture which some said looked like a gigantic bird cage.

When the steel framework was ready in the fall of 1972 for the white stucco covering, the large hands were lifted out of their quiet surroundings and taken to their destination...a mound in King Jack Park on Highway 71. Now attention would be drawn to them from all over the world as people passed by and found themselves suddenly viewing the 32 foot, 100 ton reminder of the simple but profound act of prayer.


Admission: Free
Hours: Daily
Address: Miner's Park, Hwy 71, MacArthur Blvd
Our Website:www.prayinghands.org/

Come visit us in Webb City, Missouri


More Arts near Webb City, Missouri

Tom Sawyer Diorama

Sixteen hand carved scenes illustrate Mark Twain's book "Adventures of Tom Sawyer."...

The Vault Gallery

Located in an old bank vault, the gallery features works by local artists and historical items....

Gary R. Lucy Gallery

View Gary Lucy's artwork depicting the early days of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804. Also available for viewing is hi...

Performing Arts Association

Professional music, theatre and dance events from US and around the world. First three performances held at the Word of Life...


Praying Hands Memorial Related Videos

320. MissionCast - Annual Conference - Praying Hands & Dirty Fingernails

"Praying Hands and Dirty Fingernails" was the theme of the 2013 Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This week's MissionCast brings you...

President Obama tours Joplin Missouri Tornado Damage (May 29, 2011)

President Barack Obama tours the tornado damage in Joplin, Missouri. Sunday, May 29, 2011.

Military Funeral for Pfc. Andrew M. Krippner (KIA) Jun 2011 Tribute.wmv

Andrew Mark Krippner, better known as Andy, was born to Kenneth and Pam Krippner in Chickasha, Oklahoma on 4-22-1991. He was taken home to be with his Creato...

Joplin Community Memorial Service- Governor's Speech

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at the Joplin Community Memorial Service on May 29, 2011 at the Taylor Performing Arts Center on the Missouri Southern State University...

Travel
Lodging
Attractions
Events
Recreation
Advertise