Is Eternal Wall an idol?
We believe supporting Eternal Wall is a great way to leave a legacy of hope for future generations. By donating, you will be helping to make hope visible: supporting a new national landmark about Jesus to house the biggest database of hope stories in the world.
This project is being made possible by crowdfunding and the financial support of thousands of people. We’d love you to consider being part of this exciting build by donating, and by sharing your answered prayer.
Once Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer is built it will generate enough income to run, and we will have the means to invest into social housing and other charities.
We believe that God has an unlimited supply. Because of this, it isn’t a choice of whether Eternal Wall should be built or if other worthy causes should be funded; we believe that God has enough to provide for both.
Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer will be a piece of public art about Jesus. It is open for everybody to visit and enjoy.
The UK is incredibly diverse. We believe a multi-faith society is about having the freedom for each faith to express their beliefs. To that end, Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer will include an exhibition within which there will be the opportunity for other faiths to express their view on prayer.
We will soon begin to consult with other local faith leaders to see how they would best like to engage with the project in keeping with their belief system.
Eternal Wall is a piece of public art made up of a million stories of answered prayers. Every story is subjective and, as with any piece of art, people from all walks of life will be encouraged to come and admire the structure. We do have a validation process to prevent abuse, but ultimately this is a piece of art that thousands of people will contribute to. and it is their answered prayers that make up Eternal Wall.
There are multiple moments in Scripture where memorial stones and monuments are used to commemorate God’s victories and to celebrate His goodness.
In Genesis 28, Jacob memorialises the time when God speaks to him in a dream. The experience is so powerful that he sets up a commemorative stone.
After God parts the Jordan River for the Israelites to cross, Joshua leads the twelve tribes of Israel to remove boulders from the riverbed to erect into a memorial in the Promised Land.
In 1 Samuel 7:7-12, Samuel sets up a stone to celebrate God’s victory over the Philistines.
These are just a few examples highlighting how people used stones to signpost others to remember God’s love and miraculous assistance, not just for the people who witnessed the wonder, but for those living generations after.
You can find out more about the topic of memorials in scripture here.
You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the monument when driving on the M6 and M42, similar to how people see the Willow Man on the M5 and the Angel of the North as they drive on the A1(M). While there is some debate whether landmarks along the motorway are a distraction, Mike Wilson from Highways England argues otherwise. He suggests that “creating different vistas, different environments for people to consider, is a way of stimulating the road user.”
An article in The Telegraph published in January 2018 says this:
Mr Wilson dismissed concerns that drivers could be distracted by the picturesque scenery and said: "They should be focused on the road. But fatigue is a real challenge for road users."
Interesting views could "help them stay awake", he added.
Mr Wilson said enabling drivers to see "statement structures" like the Angel of the North in Gateshead and the Willow Man in Somerset gave them "a sense of location” and acted as a visual reminder that “you're making progress on your journey".
We don’t foresee Eternal Wall being a distraction but hold to the belief that this beautiful monument will stimulate drivers, provide a familiar marker to reassure motorists on their travels and become a much-loved landmark in the UK.
From the outset, our intention was to open up an inaccessible landscape to the public. When we were given a piece of land within the Green Belt, we put great consideration into not only lessening our impact on the landscape but improving accessibility to a beautiful space that enhances the visitor experience of contemplation and mindfulness. The chosen concept won an international design competition run by RIBA largely because it complements rather than obstructs the landscape. The architects achieved this through a range of design choices, including the sweep of the arch and the openness of the structure.
Paul Bulkeley, Head Architect says
‘Eternal Wall’s gentle curves and flowing surface resonates with the rolling hills that are so synonymous with the English landscape. This creates a landmark that is simultaneously monumental in scale and at one with its landscape setting.’
Any adverse impact of Eternal Wall on the openness of the Green Belt is considered to be low. The relatively small footprint of the structure and the site’s location, relative to the wider Birmingham conurbation and its relationship to the M6 and M42 and their associated bridges, signage and lighting, all contribute to this low impact.
We also believe that the prominence and visibility of the sculpture will have a positive impact on the openness of the Green Belt, rather than creating a conflict with its aims. This positive impact arises as the form of the landmark is open – with its arch rising high into the sky - and does not create a barrier to open views or a blockage to the open outlook. It also complements and enhances the open character of the setting, inviting a new perspective by opening up the landscape.
As a unique monument and art form, there will not be the risk of urban sprawl, merging of towns or encroachment into the countryside, which would be the case with any ‘normal’ building. To the contrary, the development will make a positive contribution to the underlying purposes of designating land within the Green Belt, by:
- Providing public access to an environment which is currently private and inaccessible
- Creating a new opportunity for outdoor recreation
- Enhancing the landscape's visual amenity and the site’s biodiversity
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