God Father on the rainbow 1945-49
Height approx. 300 cm
Sketch for never-realised monument outside the UN Building, New York.
In the late 1940s, Carl Milles made a sketch for a sculpture of God standing on a rainbow, fastening stars to the firmament? or perhaps removing them from it? At the foot of the rainbow a small angel is throwing the stars, one by one, to God himself.
The sculpture was originally intended as a fountain, and was to be placed outside the UN Building in New York, but the plans were never carried out. In 1995, the original idea was realised by one of Milles' students, Marshall Fredericks, who enlarged the sketch and made a full-scale version of the fountain at Nacka Strand, the inlet to Stockholm from the Baltic Sea. Here, the jets of water from the sculpture complete the impression of a semicircular arch. On the crest of this arch stands God.