The children stayed with families in the fishing settlement of Skarsvåg on Magerøya island. At nearby North Cape, they spent a week creating self chosen motives in clay.
The first child made "an African man", the second modeled a self portrait. The third made "a beast of the past", the fourth modeled "a lady with bow in rain and sunshine". The fifth created a bird of peace, the sixth an image of Christ. The last child had wanted to make a cat, but ended up with a man with a hat and beard. The project was followed through daily broadcasts on national TV. All seven children experienced great fun - and no linguistic or other barriers.
In 1989, the original clay reliefs were cast in bronze, framed in granite and erected permanently on the the North Cape plateau. Along with the lovely bronze sculpture "Mother and child", created by artist Eva Rybakken, they now form a harmonious entity - The Children of the Earth Monument.
Founder Simon Flem Devold was remembered at North Cape
Following the award of Children of the Earth for 2018, a relief was unveiled by Simon Flem Devold in the North Cape Hall. It was he who, in 1988, collected seven children from as many corners of the world on the Northern Cape, where they created works of art that were later erected on the plateau, cast in bronze.
The unveiling of the memorial relief was made by Dag Christensen, Child of the Earth's Chairman of the Board 1990 - 2014, and Eva Rybakken. She has created both the relief of Simon and the statue Mother and Child, which stands with the children's reliefs on the North Cape plateau. Eva joined when the seven children gathered at the North Cape in 1987, and was the one who had the idea of the name Children of the Earth on both the participants and the project they were involved in.
In 1989, Simon instituted the annual Children of the Earth award, which is today at 150,000 Norwegian kroner. It is awarded to projects for distressed children in many parts of the world.
Simon was awarded the Children of the Earth Award in 2008 for his basic work for the foundation of the same name.
Simon Flem Devold passed away in May 2015, 86 years old.