The Project

© Osprey Orielle Lake

Cheemah, Mother of the Spirit-Fire is an eighteen-foot (5.5 meter) tall bronze monument dedicated to celebrating cultural diversity, world unity and care for the earth. Osprey Orielle Lake is the artist and founder of the International Cheemah Monument Project. Ms. Lake's vision is to place eight Cheemah monuments around the world to create an inspiring bridge between cultures. Three of the eight monuments have already been placed in Hamburg International Airport in Germany; Majorca, Spain and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Jack London Square.

The International Cheemah Monument Project is working towards the placement of these meaningful and inspiring public monuments that turn people's thoughts to hope, self-responsibility and a more sustained and widespread honoring of all the people of the world.

The Cheemah Monument offers people the opportunity to experience art as a way to communicate important ideas and visions about our civilization. Conveying new ideas through images is a universal language that artists have participated in throughout history.

The primary elements of the statue are a compassionate, dignified woman with a beautiful torch adorned with earth medallions, a ring of colors representing all the people of the world, and a magnificient soaring golden eagle in full flight. Throughout time, in cultures worldwide, the eagle has represented the sun with its far reaching wings that touch us all like the rays of the sun. The composition and overall image of the sculpture convey strength and victory; not the victory that comes with overpowering others, but rather the victory of seeking a unified positive future. The aim of this monument is to uplift people and ennoble the heart and mind.

© Osprey Orielle Lake

close-up of fire torch with earth medaillons
representing hope, world unity
and the earth we share


© Osprey Orielle Lake

© Osprey Orielle Lake
Hamburg International Airport

The Cheemah Project has been honored to work with Mr. Valentin Burgmann of Time for Art Galleries, Germany, and with Circles Art Inc., a non-profit art resource corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Project supporters and volunteers are working to locate meaningful sites, and to fundraise in Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, Australia, and Central and South America. After all eight monuments have been installed there will be a bronze Earth globe placed at each site which will indicate the specific locations of the monuments in the other seven cities.

We invite you to learn more about the Cheemah Project, to enjoy the artwork and to leave us your ideas and comments.

We are currently searching for financial sponsors, so please contact us if you are interested in learning more how your support can create additional placements and how your name or company name can appear on a bronze plaque at the base of one of the monuments, leaving a legacy of beauty and meaning for many, many generations to come.

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If you would like to see another international monument project by artist, Osprey Orielle Lake, please visit the Mari Monument website at:

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