(Reprinted from the UTNE READER September-October 1999)

She's one big mother.  Sixteen feet tall, made of solid bronze, the sculpture known as The Mother of Humanity™ resides outside the Watts Labor Community Action Committee offices in urban Los Angeles.  She's the vision of sculptor Nijel BPG, whose work was inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots.  The Mother of Humanity™ may also be the Mother of Edgewalkers; her visage was carefully constructed to represent a melding of all people on earth.  Nijel BPG (his last name stands for Black Prince of God), has plans to place six more copies of his sculpture in countries around the world-- at an estimated cost of $2.5 million.  The second Mother has been assured placement in Rio de Janeiro; the artist hopes to soon see its sisters in Africa, Australia, China, India, and Spain.

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