Rosary Walk and Garden, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has created a quiet outdoor contemplative oasis for the many pilgrims who visit the National Shrine. The Rambusch Company was pleased to participate in the design and oversight of this Shrine to Our Lady of Fatima and the Mysteries of the Rosary.
As the visitor enters the Rosary Walk and Garden from the parking lot, the walkway descends through the Garden to a full-size sculpture grouping in hand-carved Carrara marble. The grouping depicts Our Lady of Fatima being venerated by the three children who witnessed the apparition: Lucia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto.
To the left is seen a full size presentation of Christ on the Cross at a distance. As the visitor processes to this marble crucifix, on the left is the first of five Milford Pink granite arches of Rambusch design, within which are presented the first mosaics of each of the Mysteries of the Rosary. Rambusch developed the sketches and full size drawings for the mosaics. These mosaic representations of the Mysteries of the Rosary are mounted within custom metal frames created in Rambusch’s metal shop. The frames have an integrated illumination source for evening visits.
Rambusch was honored to be involved with the design and creation of the drawings and models for the sculptures in the Garden and the mosaic Mysteries of the Rosary. Over a two-year cycle of design submissions and refinements, Rambusch provided oversight of the hand-carved statues, the mosaic work and finally the delivery and installation.
All facets of the garden were considered … from visitor circulation to prayerful encounter, and finally landscape plantings and elevations.