Wednesday, November 01, 2017
TCKF News Release – 10/24/17
Recently, numerous local residents have reported sightings of a giant lion prowling the Kerrville area. The lion reportedly arrived in our area from Wyoming last Thursday. The 10’-7” long African lion has repeatedly been spotted on local roads and at THE COMING KING SCULPTURE PRAYER GARDEN, located on a 1,930 hill above Kerrville. The massive male lion is being called the “LION OF JUDAH”.
The 1,034 lb. life-size (105%) lion is a monumental bronze sculpture created by 65-year-old, internationally collected Kerrville artist/evangelist, Max Greiner, Jr. The $80,000 sculpture, which will be exhibited across America and the world, currently stands atop a custom trailer that was designed by Greiner for mobile evangelism. Local welder and pastor, Earnest Taylor built the special 12’ trailer. TNJ ENGRAVING of Kerrville created the attractive trailer side panels, which feature eight evangelistic Bible verses, and Revelation 5:5, about the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
On Wednesday, 10/18/17, the massive lion sculpture was seen by an estimated 10,000 people at the BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION event held in Waco, TX, at BAYLOR UNIVERSITY. This was the first public unveiling of Greiner’s latest monumental sculpture. The “DECISION TEXAS” event was hosted by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. Greiner was one of only about 15 people who were invited to meet privately before the event with the world-famous evangelist.
Greiner will be temporarily displaying his new “LION OF JUDAH” sculpture at many locations in the USA. These include the international convention of Christian colleges and universities in January and the NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS international convention, held in Nashville, TN in 2018
However, the majestic lion sculpture will be temporarily displayed at THE COMING KING SCULPTURE PRAYER GARDEN in Kerrville, when the artist is not traveling with the sculpture on his open trailer across America.
Greiner has an Architecture degree from TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY and is the founder of THE COMING KING FOUNDATION, with his wife, Sherry. The Greiners believe that God called them on December 9, 2001, to build a beautiful Sculpture Prayer Gardens around the world, to honor God and bless people. Today, the first prototype garden is Kerrville’s most popular tourist attraction. It has already drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors from all 50 states and at least 67 nations, since opening in 2010.
Amazing true testimonies from the garden can be heard each weekend across almost 1/3 of Texas on “THE CROSS AT KERRVILLE”, radio show. The 30-minute program is broadcast from Austin, San Antonio and Marble Falls. The unusual radio show is also available internationally on the internet at: www.thecomingkingfoundation.org
Originally, Greiner sculpted the giant lion out of foam and clay at his studio ranch, south of Kerrville. The delicate clay carving was then cast in bronze at EAGLE BRONZE, in Lander, WY. The foundry is one of the top art foundries in the world. EAGLE BRONZE cast the famous Wall St. bull in New York City, the 36’ tall monumental conquistador at the El Paso Airport, which is the largest equestrian sculpture in the world. They also cast the world’s largest continuous bronze sculpture, which is a giant herd of Longhorn cattle located in front of the Dallas Convention Center. And, EAGLE BRONZE created all of Greiner’s monumental sculptures, including 77’7”, Cor-ten Steel sculpture, “THE EMPTY CROSS”, which sits atop the 1,930 hill overlooking the City of Kerrville.
This symbolic, $2,000,000 cross landmark was donated to THE COMING KING SCULPTURE PRAYER GARDEN by the Greiners, and Monte and Beverly Paddleford, owners of EAGLE BRONZE. The Christian foundry owners also donated Beverly’s two sculptures: “HOPE” and “MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS”.
The 24.5 acre, world-class tourist attraction is located at the main entrance of Kerrville. It is the only place in the world where all of Greiner’s monumental sculptures can be viewed. The spiritual art garden drew 105,250 guests in 2016 and has already passed 100,000 visitors for 2017. The spiritual garden has already passed 100,000 visitors for 2017. The free art park is open 365 days a year, from 7:00 AM until midnight.
The Greiners will be donating the “LION OF JUDAH” life-size bronze sculpture to the Kerrville garden once the funds have been raised to build a massive TEN COMMANDMENTS base and beautiful patio area needed at the top of the hill. Tax deductible donations to TCKF are needed to bring the “LION OF JUDAH” permanently to the Christian art garden.
To learn more about the artist and his work visit his website:www.maxgreinerart.com
To learn more about the Sculpture Prayer Garden vision visit:www.thecomingkingfoundation.org
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Max Greiner, Jr., born in 1951, is a professional Texas artist whose art is collected in all 50 states and over 65 countries. Max and his wife, Sherry own and operate MAX GREINER, JR. DESIGNS. After graduation from TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY in 1974, with a Design degree from the College of Architecture, Max practiced architecture in Dallas with the ARCHITECTS PARTNERSHIP. Next, he headed the Advertising & Promotions Department for an international California archery company called JENNINGS COMPOUND BOW.
In the spring of 1978, Max and his wife, Sherry left the security of real jobs and started their art business on a 116 farm near the small town Woodville, TX. In July of 1981, the Greiners moved to an earth sheltered, passive solar (Green) home/studio, which Max designed for their 126 acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The couple now resides in solitude near the town of Kerrville, TX.
Greiner’s professional work includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, writing, graphics, architecture and landscape architecture. Max’s smallest art work includes gold and silver jewelry. His largest art is a $2,000,000, 77’7” Cor-ten sculpture called “The Empty Cross”TM. Over the years, Greiner’s subject matter has included nature, wildlife and people, which he has interpreted using realism, surrealism, impressionism, expressionism and abstraction. However, Max is best known for his contemporary Christian sculptures which are currently displayed at universities, seminaries, ministries, and private companies across the world. Today, Greiner is recognized internationally as a successful artist and Christian evangelist.
People who have owned Greiner art include President George W. Bush, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Ted Cruz, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Johnny Cash, Wynona Judd, Chuck Norris, and Jack Nicklaus. The CEOs of TIME-LIFE, COCA-COLA, CHICK-FIL-A, PILGRIMS PRIDE, HOBBY LOBBY, and numerous energy sector companies have purchased Greiner art. Well known Christians who have owned Greiner art include Pope John Paul II, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, John Hagee, Sid Roth, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Rick Warren, Beverly LaHaye, Joyce Meyer, Chuck Swindoll, Paul Crouch, Tony Evans, June Hunt, Peter Wagner, Jesse Duplantis, Max Lucado, Bill Bright, John Wimber, Jerry Falwell, Bob D’Andrea, Ken Blanchard, Adrian Rogers, Robert H. Schuller, Tony Perkins, Hal Lindsey, Beth Moore, Sam Moore, Henry Blackaby, Randy Clark, John Arnott, Rodney Howard-Browne, Rick Joyner, Chuck Pierce, David Mainse, Mahesh Chavda, Bill McCartney, Joe White, Caz McCaslin, James Robison, Josh McDowell, John Maxwell, and Gil Stricklin, among others.
During his life, Max founded or helped found, numerous non-profit organizations including the LONE STAR BOWHUNTER ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL BOWHUNTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION, the AMERICAN WILDLIFE EDUCATION FOUNDATION, and most recently THE COMING KING FOUNDATION.
More information on Greiner art: www.maxgreinerart.com (830) 896-7919
ABOUT THE COMING KING SCULPTURE PRAYER GARDEN: On May 6, 2004, Max and Sherry Greiner founded THE COMING KING FOUNDATION, as a 501c3 art museum for the purpose of building free Sculpture Prayer Gardens across the USA and world, based on the vision given to Max by God. The first prototype garden has been built on 24.5 acres, on IH-10 in Kerrville, the artist’s hometown. The free, spiritual art park draws over one hundred thousand visitors a year to the 1,930’ hilltop in the Texas Hill Country. Thousands of visitors claim to have experienced the presence and power of God on this holy hill.
The Texas art garden is the only place in the world where the 77’7” contemporary sculpture called “The Empty Cross” TM can be seen. Many people believe this artwork is the “Most Symbolic Cross Sculpture in the World”. Many other Greiner monumental sculptures have been donated by Max and Sherry, for the glory of God and the enjoyment of visitors. Two other professional artists, Beverly Paddleford of Wyoming, and David Broussard of Texas have donated their own monumental Christian sculptures to the non-profit garden. The Garden Tabernacle features a “Path To Heaven”, with 16” Scripture Tiles that present 77 Bible verses, in multiple languages. The free spiritual park is open from 7:00 AM until midnight, 365 days a year. Tax-deductible donations are appreciated, since the non-profit project is being built on faith in God, without debt.