Stained-glass panels designed to promote unity are unveiled to kick off United Nations conference in Salt Lake City this week

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dignitaries unveil the first three of its "7 Pillars" windows, created by artist Tom Holdman, during a Roots of Humanity Foundation ceremony, at the 100 Club room at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.

Three stained-glass art windows depicting “Faith,” “Love” and “Unity” were unveiled Sunday as a preamble to the United Nations’ 68th annual Civil Society Conference being held this week in Salt Lake City.

The three panels are part of the “7 Pillars” project created by artist Tom Holdman and Holdman Studios in Lehi to celebrate seven words seen as having helped to build humanity: love, knowledge, faith, creativity, courage, freedom and unity.

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The windows, 7 feet tall by 3 1/2 feet wide, each have dozens of illustrations, according to a news release from Roots of Humanity Foundation. They are the first windows built in connection with the Roots of Humanity exhibit, a planned mobile art structure envisioned to illuminate pivotal moments in human history and connect people around the world.

U.N. officials and Utah religious leaders attended the event, hosted by Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, and her husband, attorney Kim Wilson, at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The three-day U.N. gathering, which convenes Monday, will mark the first time a major U.N. event has been hosted in the United States outside the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City. It’s expected to bring an estimated 5,000 people to the Salt Palace Convention Center downtown from more than 130 countries around the world.

Learn more about Roots of Humanity Foundation and its plans at rootsofhumanityfoundation.org.