Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi in One of the largest bronze sculpture. "Remember Them : Champions For Humanity" Sculpture Unveiling Ceremony Cover

Hello Gandhi Collectors,

Today I was present during Unveiling Ceremony of  "Remember Them: Champions For Humanity" Sculpture in Oakland, California.

This is the largest cast bronze representational sculpture west of the Mississippi, which is four-piece sculpture, weigh more than 60,000 pounds of bronze, cover more than 1,000 square feet and measure 21 feet tall and 52 feet wide, which is sculpted by Mario Chiodo.  Following are the 25 Humanitarians featured in the Monument in Oakland, CA.

Ralph David Abernathy       Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maya Angelou                    Abraham Lincoln
Susan B. Anthony               Nelson Mandela
Ruby Bridges                      Harvey Milk
Cesar Chavez                     Mother Teresa
Chief Joseph                      Rosa Parks
Sir Winston Churchill Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Frederick Douglass             Oskar Schindler
Shirin Ebadi                       Thich Nhat Hanh
Mahatma Gandhi                Rigoberta Menchu Tum
Helen Keller                      The Unknown Rebel of Tiananmen Square
Coretta Scott King             Elie Wiesel
                                        Malcolm X

Unveiling Ceremony Program and
Unveling Cermony Cover with Gandhi stamps and
autograph of Ruby Bridges & Mario Chiodo.
I made very limited covers with different combination of  Mother Teresa, MLK, Lincoln and FDR stamps with Gandhi stamps. Each cover has Gandhi stamps. Also this has cancellation from Oakland USPS Post Office dated September 6th 2011. Few covers were mailed through postal stream and few were cancelled and taken personally by me so it looks good and stay longer.Cool!!

Consider this as Genuine Cover with Cancellation from USPS. I take full responsibility of this covers.

Following are some pictures taken by me during ceremony.

Ruby Bridges, an African-American woman depicted in the sculpture for her pioneering integration into an all-white Louisiana elementary school in 1960 spoke during the ceremony along with a handful of the memorialized humanitarians' family members. I was lucky enough to meet with Ruby Bridges and got her autograph on "Unveiling Cover " (only 2 covers) with Mahatma Gandhi stamps. She also mentioned about Mahatma Gandhi during her speech.
Ruby Bridges
Also this cover has autograph of sculptor Mario Chiodo on this cover.

Mario Chiodo
Thanks for reading this and start dreaming to do something like this in your town. I already did.!! Let's work together and do it.!!

Any questions or concerns let me know. More Reading:  'Remember Them' Oakland sculpture to be unveiled

Want to see more of this kind of my creation then click following links.

Martin Luther Memorial  Dedication Cover in Washington DC. (coming soon)

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Ketankumar Patel.
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