Behind the flashing neon lights and on the top of the casinos of Macau, facing the city stands the Kun Iam Statue. It is part of the Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre which is located on the artificial island which connects to the Av Dr Sun Yat Sen, Nape through the causeway which is 60 meter long. The total height of the island is about 32 meters. The Kun Iam statue which stands in the center looking at the Macau city symbolizes that it is there to protect the city and the people living there. The Kun Iam statue is about 20 meters high and it is made with about 50 bronze castings which weigh to 50 tons. The face of the sculpture was designed in such a way that it showcases the universality expressed through the concept “Ecumenic” which has no distinctive ethnicity.
The Inauguration and Design
The Kun Iam Ecumenical center was inaugurated in the year 1999 which also unveiled the statue of Kun Iam. The design and construction of the city center was under the directions of the Portuguese sculptor and architect Christina Rocha Leiria. There was huge support from UNESCO was well as the whole idea was to promote the mutual friendship and respect among individuals and civilizations. The statue of Kun Iam is the diety which embodies mercy, love and compassion. It is the figure that represents the message of rapprochement and solidarity between the people. This figure is worshipped by the people and it is beyond the scope of Buddhism that prevailed in the city of Macau.
The Base of Statue
Base of the statue is a dome which is constructed in the shape of Lotus flower and include contemplation room that provides facilities for visitors to read, listen to music, get videos, teaching materials, sculptures, books and many other information related with oriental thoughts which are displayed in information counter. The cupola has got completely decorated by texts, symbols and figures which are connected with Buddha, Mencius, Confucius and Lao Tse. All these works are done by Joana Ling and Kwok Woon, the local artists on the rice paper.
Library and Media Center
The lower level of the dome has the multipurpose room, small library and the media center with internet connection. The room has the capacity of about 50 people and is used for hosting conferences, concerts, multi-cultural activities and film screenings. The aim of such events is to bring inner peace to the visitor.
Public Art Complex
Public art complex has collection of the educational materials specifically for the young people, focusing on the various modes related with thoughts from the Orient and Occident specifically related with Confucius, Lao Tse and Buddha.
The Statue of Kun Iam is indeed a great place to visit and refresh the minds.