Andersen, Hendrick Christian [Editor]; Hébrard, Ernest M. [Editor]
Creation of a world centre of communication — Paris, 1913

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rhythm of this aspiration, a cascade of water falls musically beneath her feet.

The whole conception of this fountain designed to express love and
fellowship, symbolises the perpetual flow of human form in animated
beauty, the symphony of immortality ideally blending humanity into
a joyous whole. And it was while the writer was at work upon this
composition that, little by little, the thought grew of surrounding it


with a new beauty : the beauty of harmonising all human endea-
vours and of concentrating them into one practical and unified whole.

Thus, from striving to unite the highest physical forms of life and
animation in a " Fountain of Life " grew the idea of planning monumentally
upon harmonious and practical lines a World Centre or " Fountain of ever
flowing Knowledge " to be fed by the whole world of human endeavour in
art, science, religion, commerce, industry and law; and in turn to diffuse
through the whole of humanity as though it were one grand, divine body,
conceived by God, the vital requirements which would renew its strength,
protect its rights, and enable it to attain greater heights through a concen-
tration of world effort.

This International Centre was conceived as embodying and uniting all
the world's scientific, artistic and physical achievements, and as testing their
values in relation to human needs and progress, to the end that, after
obtaining an international sanction of their excellence, they might be distri-
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