Photo of George Rapanos George Rapanos: A Quest for Religious Transformation
There is a Hidden Treasure,
Most search for it in vain.
It comes down from heaven,
And it falls like the rain.

- George Rapanos

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Purpose of the Circle of Inspiration

I believe there is an ultimate purpose of existence. Everyone has his own specific vocation, meaning and mission in life that demands fulfillment. I am striving and struggling for some goal worthy of my life. A potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled. My task is to accept the opportunity God has given me by the grace of His inspiration and spiritual message contained within the writings of my poetry, and by the financial means He bestowed on me to implement this mission. The meaning of my existence is not invented by itself but rather detected and is led by the spiritual ideals of God. Man thinks he directs his life, leads himself, but his innermost being is irresistibly drawn in the direction of his destiny. My poetry gives meaning to existence by the awareness of Self transcendence of the human condition. A meaning potentially to be fulfilled by me or else to be forfeited.

- George Rapanos



Circle of Inspiration Plaques:

Dedication Plaque
History of the Obelisk
William Shakespeare
Rapanos Poems
The House by the Side of the Road
Desiderata and Olive Branch
Lincoln, Dickinson, Hughes Poetry
Frost, Wilcox, Blake Poetry
Longfellow, Housman, Khayyam
Dedication Ceremony


History of the Obelisk
Pharaoh's Obelisk Arrives on Campus - Ferris State University Campus News October 25, 2001
Circle of Inspiration Dedicated - Ferris State Torch September 25, 2002
Ancient Ways Modern Means - Ferris State University Crimson & Gold Winter 2002
NOVA "Pharaoh's Obelisk" Program Summary
Information on Circle of Inspiration
Circle of Inspiration Dedication Speech by George Rapanos
Dedication Photos September 18, 2002
Obelisk Erected Using Modern Equipment
Spectacular View of The Obelisk at Night
The Circle of Inspiration Obelisk Poster
Bronze Plaques Circling the Obelisk - PDF
Bronze Plaques Circling the Obelisk - Photos
Under Construction Photos
Obelisk Aerial Photo