The founder and sculptor of the Light of the World Garden is Angela Johnson. Right after the garden opened, I read a newspaper article about its conception and development. I was particularly interested in the sculptor's background:
Johnson's career as a sculptor and later her vision of the garden came about in a unique way. After vigorously pursuing a dream to become a prima donna of the Metropolitan Opera for many years, Johnson realized with finality in 1997 that it would never happen. Instead, she felt inspired to go to an art supply store, where she bought a block of water-based clay and a sculpting tool. Within hours she had created a bust of a little girl. Thus began her journey as a sculptor, she said.Sometimes it's hard to leave one dream behind to say a big Yes to something else. This incredible garden exists only because Johnson was willing to do just that!