The Parable (statue)

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The Parable
Artist Jimilu Mason
Year 1990 (1990)
Type Bronze
Dimensions 150 cm (60 in)
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°55′31.46″N 77°2′17.11″W / 38.9254056°N 77.0380861°W / 38.9254056; -77.0380861
Owner The Festival Center

The Parable is a public artwork by American artist Jimilu Mason, located at The Festival Center at 1640 Columbia Road, N.W. in Washington, D.C., United States. The Parable was originally surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey in 1993.[1]


The bronze sculpture shows a man seated on a large cinder block and at his feet is a carpenter's square. Dressed in only a shirt and pants, his shirt sleeves are rolled up above his elbows and his collar is open. His face wears a beard and mustache and his feet are shoe-less. His arms reach out in front of him, and he looks as if in conversation.[1]


Sculptor Jimilu Mason was born in Washington, D.C., graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1949. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from George Washington University, Mason has a studio in Italy.[2]


According to Mason the sculpture "represents a Christ... teaching that there is more than brick and mortar to building a city. The leaders must be good servants."[1]


This sculpture was surveyed in 1993 for its condition and it was described that "treatment needed".[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Save Outdoor Sculptures! (1994). "The Parable (sculpture)". SOS!. Smithsonian. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  2. ^ Jimilu Mason (2008). "JIMILU Mason". Plaxo. Retrieved 7 December 2010.