CREATION OF A WORLD-CENTRE.
wrestlers and boxers, Tennis-Clubs, Base-ball Clubs, Skating Clubs, and a
division reserved entirely for children, with apparatus, Kindergarten-grounds,
Play-grounds and a wide and shallow Wading-pool.
A great Water Stadium or Natatorium, completes the Physical Culture
or Olympic Centre. At the two extremities of the Natatorium, and making
a terminus for two main avenues that unite the Art to the Olympic Centre,
triumphal arches, stand upon semicircles that project into this stadium.
This great basin is suitable for aquatic and yachting purposes. Three sto-
ries of steps lead down to it from the land side. The extremities curve and
the lines of the curve are continued by a break-water.
Wholly built in tiers, the straight part of the embankment forms two
great popular tribunes on each side of a Tribune of Honour, from which the
public and delegates from the nations can enjoy whatever spectacle may here
take place. Boats can enter through three entrances. Two of these are at
the extremities, and drawbridges, turning on a pivot, permit communication
between the break-water and the land. The central entrance, opposite the
Tribune of Honour, is ornamented by two colossal figures intended to repre-
sent manhood and womanhood in their highest physical development. These
Colossi, raised upon well proportioned pedestals, rise to the height of 80
metres. With extended arms and hands clasped, they form a gateway and
raise two torches high above their heads to serve as lighthouses. These
figures symbolise the equality and fellowship of the sexes, who together hold
out invitingly the light which shall guide the peoples of the nations through
love, unity and peace to higher development.