|THE STATUE OF FR SLAVKO BARBARIC|
A bronze statue of Father Slavko Barbaric is work of Italian artist Carmello Puzzolo. It has been located in the center of "Mother's Village" for the first anniversary of Fr Slavko’s death on November 24, 2001. Today, the statue has become a bit of a trademark of "Mother's Village" and a nice place of encounter and prayer for many Fr Slavko’s friends and pilgrims.
The history of the statue: During one visit to "Mother's Village" Slavko asked Carmello to design some artistic motive for a promenade through the Village. Shortly thereafter, Fr Slavko died and spontaneity, Carmello got the idea that for promenade makes his character as a visible reminder of his invisible present. The problem was how to create three-dimensional statue of Father Slavko, because on the few images that was eventually able to obtain, there was always only Fr Slavko's face. At the end - said Carmello – he realized that must fully immerse in himself and carve out from his memories that warm-hearted figure.
The motive of the statue: Particularly in Carmello’s memories remained one scene where during a Mass for blessing of fields, Fr Slavko blessed present villagers with a small crucifix in his hands. So he decided to show Father Slavko blessing, a little bit hidden behind the crucifix, which he held in his hand. In that way he wanted to show Fr Slavko's humility and modesty for which he always puts himself behind Jesus. Uplifted crucifix symbolizes Fr Slavko's great faith in God and God's strength.
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