The Prodigal Son is a life size statue created by the world renowned Israeli sculptor Sam Philipe. This bronze statue weighs around 1400 pounds and is 7 foot high.
Sam Philipe's (www.samphilipe.com) sculptures are presented to heads of states including Popes, Presidents of USA, other world leaders, royalty, and Hollywood celebrities.
The statue is based on the biblical parable of the prodigal son—the story of a man who has two sons. The younger son asks for his share of inheritance. Once received, he goes away and wastes his fortune. When the money runs out, the son finds himself in dire circumstances. He finally comes to his senses, recognizes his foolishness, decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy. The father receives his son back with open arms of compassion.
The statue was presented to Revi Karuna Karan Memorial Museum by Pave the Way Foundation, USA (www.ptwf.org). The foundation is a secular organization, whose mission is to promote cultural, educational, charitable, and technological gestures, and to identify and eliminate non-theological obstacles between the faiths. The foundation has its chapters in many countries including India.
The Prodigal Son was dedicated to the museum on 23rd March 2012 by Jacob Mathew (Executive Editor, Malayala Manorama) in the presence of dignitaries from various fields.