It’s art formed just for the pope’s visit to Philly. But for the artists and the city, it’s much more.

Pope Francis is obligating his first tour to the U.S . this month, with stops in Washington , D.C ., New York, and Philadelphia.

Pope Francis has a parcelled schedule for his Sept. 22 -2 7 visit. In addition to leading four Mints, the pontiff will stop at the White House, tour the National September 11 Memorial& Museum, visit a Pennsylvania prison, attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and undoubtedly take part in thousands of selfies.

Selfies! Photo by Filippo Monteforte/ AFP/ Getty Images.

Millions are expected to salute him, so some of Philadelphia’s good masters have been working nonstop for his arrival.

Meg Saligman, Dan Ostrov, and Stephanie Cole have been working overtime on their section, “Knot Grotto, ” a 20 -by-1 3-foot wooden figure built exclusively for Pope Francis’ visit to the City of Brotherly Love.

“Knot Grotto” is staged outside the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Photo by Stephanie Cole and Dan Ostrov.

Saligman was commissioned by Sister Mary Scullion and the Mercy and Justice Initiative, an limb of Project HOME, one of the most successful outreach programs for beings knowledge homelessness. As the status of women of faith and Philadelphia luminary, Scullion hopes this papal visit will bring the community together.

“We’re hoping that people are moved to acknowledge a higher power and to likewise acknowledge the dominance within ourselves to behave, ” Scullion told the New York Times .

“Knot Grotto” was inspired by one of Pope Francis’ favorite depicts, “Mary Untier of Knots .

The Johann Georg Schmidtner cover outlines Mary, surrounded by angels, untying knots to words a long airstrip.

The knots epitomize contends or quandary with uncertain solutions. The devotional to the Holy Mother became one of Pope Francis’ favorites after he completed his doctoral analyzes in Germany, where the devotion is specially common.

As Saligman told ABC6 of their inspiration, “Our contemporary rendering of this tradition is the knotted grotto of Mary clearing pathways for beings to help them with their struggle.”

Photo by Stephanie Cole and Dan Ostrov.

Many mitts stimulate light work, and many more mitts are raising “Knot Grotto” to life.

For the past six weeks, a full unit of masters, aides, and architectural consultants have been hard at work creating the section. From computer sketches, fortify, sanding, and everything in between, get the grotto off the sand was truly a team effort.

It takes a team to make a grotto. Photo by Stephanie Cole and Dan Ostrov.

Saligman introduced Ostrov and Cole( marriages in art and in life) to make the design and interpretation of the larger-than-life installing.

Constructed of ash and mahogany parts did pliable in a steam chamber, the grotto is large enough for visitors to walk inside, where they’ll be surrounded by dynamic curves and sun.

“We’ve had to resort to some crazy measures to make this happen, but by God we’re gonna do it, ” Cole told Upworthy .

Ostrov adds finishing touches to the top of “Knot Grotto.” Photo by Stephanie Cole and Dan Ostrov.

More than beautiful, the section is meant to unite beings through their common fight.

Visitor to the figure write down their objections, wishings, hopes, and devotions, then tie them onto the grotto. All summer long, Saligman has been accumulating knots by mail and at pop-up occurrences in Philadelphia.

Tens of thousands of people have already been submitted, and more are expected to arrive ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass in Philadelphia on Sept. 26.

Come join us outside of the Free Library! #weaving #Philadelphia #FrancisFund #PopeFrancis #MercyandJustice #ProjectHome #untietheknots
A photo posted by Meg Saligman (@ megamural) on Jun 22, 2015 at 8: 01 am PDT

The wishes, devotions, and struggles are diverse. Some are devotions for help with craving; others struggle with student lends, or simply pray to be good parents.

“The fabric[ knots] will come up through the centre … so it will virtually be like the fight are ascending to heaven, ” Ostrov told Upworthy.

Photo by Stephanie Cole and Dan Ostrov.

Leaving devotions in the knotted grotto is precisely one part of Project HOME’s three-part duty for the papal visit. The Mercy and Justice initiative is also encouraging visitors to contribute to The Francis Fund, groupings of faith-based and non-religious organizations facilitating beings knowledge poverty and homelessness in the Philadelphia area, and to reach out to their elected officials to proponent legislation that encourages mercy and justice .~ ATAGEND

With practically 2 million people condescending on the city, the installing will serve as a quiet neighbourhood for fellowship.

With concourses of devotees and witness expected in Philadelphia, Ostov hopes the grotto, on display now outside the The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul the church where Pope Francis is leading Mass will serve as a sanctuary in the crowded incident.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, where Pope Francis will conduct Mass. Photo by Terry Robinson/ Flickr( cultivated ).

“I’m kind of guessing this quiet orbit within this mass of beings, and beings would start learn the fight … and they have this moment of kinship.”

Cole concurred, including, “I envisage the general hope is that this has certainly make more synergy to the city.”

No matter what they’re praying for or fight with, Scullion hopes the papal visit will serve to unite beings of all sects and steps of life. As she told the New York Times, “We need God’s grace to untie the knots, but we also need each other.”

Every frame a visualize …. Come lend your knot to the grotto today through September 28 th @megamural @mercy_justice @artprogram_projecthome #mercyandjustice #philadelphia #popefrancisph #instasculpture #instaart #woodart #woodworking #woodsculpture #sculpture
A photo posted by Daniel Ostrov& Stephanie Cole (@ steamchamber) on Aug 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm PDT

The “Knot Grotto” officially opens Thursday, Sept. 3 and will remain on display outside the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul until Monday, Sept. 28.

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