THE MAKING OF A MASTERPIECE
The 62 sculptures in the Flag Building’s Grand Atrium depict the fundamental beliefs and practices of Scientology.
Creating the sculptures was a story in itself. Over the course of a year, artisans spent 25,000 man-hours to produce the pieces. Each was cast using the centuries-old lost-wax technique, a 15-step process that starts from a full size clay model and then moves through rubber, wax and porcelain molds, culminating in a molten bronze pour, heated to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit.After the molds are removed, the sculpture is assembled, welded, sandblasted and polished. The sculpture is then finished with a fired hot wax that fuses with the bronze, creating an eternal finish. Installing the sculptures in the atrium required three months.
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RAISING THE CROSS
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Over 100 hand-crafted stone medallions are inset into the floors of the Flag Building. These masterpieces are created using detailed drawings and waterjet technology to allow the inlay of polished Dark Emperado marble to fit precisely—putting Scientology symbology into the very fabric of the building itself.
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The flooring in the Chapel was fabricated from carefully selected “End Grain Wood,” cut at a 90-degree angle. Each piece of wood is about five inches by five inches and laid with the grain side facing upwards, producing a highly aesthetic character, color and durability. The floor was laid down over a two-month period.
The Atrium and Chapel both feature stone windows made of onyx, cut so sheer that the light shines through. They were originally designed as resin panels, but the contractor substituted the materials with onyx stone as their own contribution to this architectural masterpiece of a building.