This is the access door on the back of the Grotto. It is there so that if something would happen that they have to remove the statue or do some work there...it will be easier. You can see that the stones are two different colors. The stones, over the cement blocks, was the last to be done...so they aren't dry yet.
The door was Joe's idea. It is very heavy. It has a powder coat finish, so it won't rust. Now the whole thing will be colored....all of the stones will be in different hues. I hope to see this process. The door will blend in with the color of the stones. The pavers will start to be engraved. People will be able to buy a paver to have a family member's name engraved on it. The niche, where the statue of Jesus will be, will be given it's final coat of blue and then a protective coat. The landscaping will take place on Tuesday...weather permitting. The final step will be for them to bring the statue to it's permanent home.
I just wanted to share something with you readers. I just ran across this YouTube that was recorded in Lourdes, France. It shows the famous Grotto there. I hope you enjoy listening to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwSlZKIrqUE&feature=related