We built the shrine with some help. Here are the dimensions of the arch.
The span of the arch is 5 feet wide. The height is 7 foot 3 inches and it has a width of 2 foot 2 inches.
We used 2 lengths of galvanised 1 inch steel pipe, each measuring approximately 17 feet long.
Both of the steel pipes were bent was made into an arch shape at a factory. Each of the steel pipes begins to arch at the 5 Foot level.
We used two 2 inch x 2 inch x 2 foot 4 inch galvanised fence posts for the base. These were placed on each side of the arch.
We used 3 inch x 2 inch lattice rectangular galvanised steel fence inlay, (which was cut from an old galvanised fence.) Its thickness is three sixteenths of an inch. The inlay was welded (by a friend) into the two steel pipe arches and to the fence post bases. The two steel pipe arches were positioned 2 feet 2 inches apart.
The directions will make more sense if the picture of my Lourdes shrine is carefully studied. I will put it in here:
The statue is 2ft 7 inches and is made of concrete. It was painted with white semi gloss paint (including an undercoat of white paint). It is mounted on sandstones which are cemented together.
We have planted Bougainvilleas which will eventually grow and cover the arch with greenery and flowers.
The plant in front of the statue is called Lemon squash and it is surrounded by sandstones to make a rockery garden.
Unrelated but useful information:
The powerful intercession of the Holy Souls in Purgatory for their benefactors and ways to help them
The web page has accounts of the intercession of The Holy Souls in Purgatory, for their benefactors in cases of illness, addictions, cars that won’t start, infertility problems, protection in accidents, conversion, chronic insomnia, their help for people who are experiencing major trouble with city councils, success with projects, employment, real estate, television sets that don’t work properly, finding lost property and trouble with relations, etc. and prayers and ideas on how to help The Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Novena to St Philomena the Wonder Worker for the healing of autism
Each person (who has autism or an autism related condition) whose name is sent to be included in this novena will be prayed for regularly by a priest of Lourdes, France at the grotto. Only the first name of the person is needed for the purpose of this novena. Everyone is invited to send names: parents, grandparents, teachers, doctors, aunties, therapists etc.
The novena is held twice every month from: the 1st to the 9th of the Month and from the 10th to the 18th of the month.
(My oldest child received a big healing from autism through prayer).