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Unique patriotic art on display in Cumming City Hall
Declaration art piece
Narayan Swamy stands beside the artwork created by his father, Sri Krishna Swamy, which is on display inside the Cumming City Hall through December 31, 2021

“We hold these truths to be self-evident.”

These words, which introduced the world to the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence have been preserved forever in a unique artwork now on display at the Cumming City Hall.

When Documentation Artist Sri Krishna Swamy, visited the U.S. National Archive in 1998 and saw the words on the original document, now faded to the point of barely being legible, he set about creating a permanent version of the document. Having visited Mount Rushmore, Swamy knew that he needed to find a lasting material to use for his work.

Swamy had seen plaques and metal engravings in India dating back more than 2,000 years that showed almost no degradation, which led him to use the same processes as he created his artwork.


Swamy took images of all of the important works included in the display with him to India where he created a permanent work of art, composed of five bronze plaques that fit together into one large work, all covered in gold powder to prevent corrosion. That art piece now lives with his son, who lives in Forsyth County. 

Narayan Swamy said his father, who passed away in 2017 was fond of American history and culture, had met both Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, and had corresponded with many other world leaders. Narayan also explained that his father wanted to create the display as a way to permanently remind future generations how hard it was for the Founding Fathers of the United States to get the independence that we all enjoy today. “My father liked history and got inspired by the founding documents, which were written on goatskin and are really faded today.”

That art piece, measuring four feet by five feet is currently on display inside the Cumming City Hall.  The artwork includes the Declaration of Independence, the first page of the United States Constitution, and an engraved depiction of the Founding Fathers signing the document. While the display will only be there until the end of this year, Narayan Swamy would love to share the work by exhibiting it in other locations, possibly even the Georgia State Capitol.

 
More information about the life of Sri Krishna Swamy can be found on the family's website.

The piece will be on display at Cumming City Hall, 100 E Main St, Cumming, GA 30040, through Dec. 31.