Many people are still inspired by the figure of St. Francis (d. 1226), who gave up a life of relative ease to become a simple follower of Jesus and a friend of all Godâ€™s creatures. Millions of tourists and pilgrims flock to Assisi, St. Francisâ€™s hometown in central Italy. The garden at St. Anthonyâ€™s Guest House in Assisi, run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, has two modern sculptures. The Dancing Francis, by American artist Paul T. Granlund, is based on Francisâ€™s canticle â€śBrother Sun, Sister Moon.â€ť It portrays him dancing with God and holding up a sunlike disc containing a cutout of Jesus. Light passes through it and onto Francis. St. Francis and the Birds, by Dutch-American artist Frederick Franck, is based on legends about Francis befriending and even preaching to birds and other animals.