I went to Kerrville last year for the first time ever after 27 years of living in Austin. I brought my roommate’s oldest daughter, Alma, to Kerrville Lions Camp for her parents who were out of state then. After dropping Alma off , I went back to TX-16 to Fredericksburg, I noticed the big cross over the hill. I didn’t bother checking it out, going straight home. Once I was home, I googled it up.
“The Empty Cross” is a seven story Cor-ten steel sculpture by artist/evangelist, Max Greiner, Jr. This stunning sculpture was donated to The Coming King Foundation by Max and Sherry Greiner, and Monte and Beverly Paddleford, owners of Eagle Bronze Foundry in Lander, WY. The Carbon Steel skeleton of the cross was covered with a Cor-ten steel skin. After scouring by sand blasting, a reddish brown patina was released, symbolizing the shed blood of Jesus Christ. This unique contemporary sculpture was installed on top of a 1930’ hill top above IH-10 on July 27, 2010.
I had decided to put on my bucket list before I went ahead to Plano for my aunt Rosemary’s memorial service during the Memorial Day weekend this year. I also included the Stonehenge II on the list that was not too far from the Empty Cross.
When I was getting close, I spotted the Empty Cross easily. It was clearly shown on the hill on the right. It’s a little steep and a very curvy road going to the top. I took my time observing these things there. I’m not a religious person but I have to admit that the park is pretty big, parking is plenty, the view is amazing and you can write your prayer on the rocks.
From my observation, it was a cross on the layout of the Empty Cross. Too bad I didn’t have a drone to take a video of this layout but it is pretty cool to recognize that too.
Take on I-10 exit 508. Turn north onto Hwy 16/Fredericksburg Rd, then quickly turn left (west) onto Benson Drive. Drive past the car dealership, paralleling the north side of the freeway, then turn right and drive up to the parking area for the cross.