Digital Art Meme – Kwan Yin Sculpture at Tulsa’s Tam Bao Temple

Buddhist Sculpture Kwan Yin - glow squiggly lines ii 82%

I went on a lunchtime geocaching adventure in east Tulsa last week and on the way back to the office I saw a huge sculpture so I pulled off the road and took a photo of the statue. I would have got closer but a dog came bounding out and although friendly acting decided to move on. It turns out that the sculpture is of the Buddhist¬†bodhisattva, Kwan Yin, who represents mercy, compassion, kindness, and love in the Buddhist religion. The sculpture is located at Tulsa’s Tam Bao Buddhist Temple. ¬†The sculpture was erected by the Temple to express their appreciation to the people of Oklahoma and United States for the hospitality extended to the Vietnamese refugees who came here after the Vietnam war.

It is 57 feet tall and made of granite and is beautiful. I used Topaz Lab’s Glow software to add some texture to what was a flat blue sky.

The following is a short (1 minute plus or minus) documentary on the sculpture.

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4 thoughts on “Digital Art Meme – Kwan Yin Sculpture at Tulsa’s Tam Bao Temple

  1. Driller's Place

    Every year there is a large gathering of Vietnamese in Carthage, MO. After the war quite a few Vietnamese Catholic refugees settled in Carthage, through the work of the local Catholic congregation. They are forever grateful to Carthage and the United States for taking them in. Part of their gratitude is expressed through a dazzling Christmas light display on the grounds of a former catholic school.

  2. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    I do ! I used to go out just to try to find something to photograph for one of the memes, but that stopped being fun and I never found good stuff anyway. Instead I just always have my camera and go do what I was going to do anyway and take pictures of anything good that I stumble upon.

    That is a massive statue and I like the message; sometimes I honestly believe I could be a Buddhist — maybe I was one in a past life ;>)

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