Church helps to piece together meaningful sculpture

November 09, 1995|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

A 6-foot-tall, 10-foot-long serpent is on its way to the Children's National Medical Center today, courtesy of the 45-member Columbia United Christian Church in East Columbia's Oakland Mills village.

It's a "Peace Sculpture," crafted from toy weapons collected from 300 Howard County children as part of a project to encourage youngsters to seek more peaceful ways to play.

The sculpture, made by James and Mary Opasik of Catonsville, includes water guns, toy swords and small action figures. They all were pieced together into the shape of a giant serpent.

"Violence is a learned behavior," said Merle Forney, co-director of the Violent Toy Turn-in project and a member of the congregation. "We wanted to focus on violent toys and their effect on children. With the number of children who turned in toys, we think we succeeded."

The sculpture will be on display during a National Symposium on Child Victimization in Washington today and later at the Children's Hospital.

Police log

Owen Brown: 8900 block of McGaw Court: Someone pried a lock from a business's storage trailer and stole tools and a battery charger Sunday or Monday.

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