Thomas Kinkade has been secretly working on a special project for The Billy Graham Library for the last few months. And on April 20th, Thom was in Charlotte, North Carolina to unveil this amazing 32-foot mural of The Cross. He was joined by several long-term members of the Billy Graham team who are anticipated to be on hand for this big day, including Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, Franklin Graham and Dr. Billy Graham himself.
This beautiful mural will be placed complete with a 32-foot stunning frame and its own lighting effects - in a very prominent position as part of the whole Billy Graham experience. We are certainly hoping that this image will provide the over 200,000 people who visit The Billy Graham Library annually with a memorable impression they will remember for many years to come.
The renovated Billy Graham Library, Bookstore and Billy Graham Childhood Home is once again open for visitors. When you are in Charlotte, please take the opportunity to stop by and enjoy the experience and Thom's spectacular mural.
"Sometimes art is born of inspiration and sometimes of destiny. In the case of my epic painting The Cross I felt both.
As part of the redesign of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, I was asked to provide an image for use on a large wall. A very large wall. In fact as I examined the project, I discovered the surface in question was nearly 40 feet wide and almost 20 feet high - truly a moment of destiny for any artist.
To create the oil painting that would be the basis for the final mural, I utilized one of the largest canvases I have ever attempted in my studio. A full 6 feet wide, this canvas would be enlarged to create the final epic sized mural. I conceived the work as an extension of an earlier piece I had created entitled Sunrise. This painting would take that same vision of a rugged cross upon a mountaintop to new levels. The process was thrilling. As I worked it was as if heavenly light began to pour upon the canvas. It seemed that God's inspiration kept renewing me to the task at hand.
A final aspect of the creative process came when Franklin Graham himself suggested a fitting title for the work: The Cross. This simple title reflects the lifelong calling and legacy of his father, the evangelist Billy Graham.
My prayer is that this painting will bring hope to many just as Billy Graham has brought hope to millions through the gospel message." - Thomas Kinkade