46 Monuments Related to Mahatma Gandhi
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1942 - "Ghandi, the Great Soul," Wood engraving by German-Amercan artist Fritz Eischenberg [1901-1990]. Artist’s proof. Edition size 100. Signed in pencil. Signed and titled in the block, 7-5/8 x 5-5/8 inches.
August 20, 1950 - Gandhi World Peace Memorial, Lake Shrine, Self-Realization Fellowship, Pacific Palisades, California (USA). The focal point of the memorial is a thousand-year-old stone sarcophagus from China, in which a portion of Gandhi's ashes are encased in a brass and silver coffer. The sarcophagus is flanked by two statues of Guan Yin.
1968 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Tavistock Square, London (England). Sculpted by Fredda Brillant. Unveiled by PM Harold Wilson. The square also contains a conscientious objectors monument and a Hiroshima cherry tree (qv). One of 21 peace monuments named by the PPU website. 1 of 9 monuments in "A Peace Trail Through London" by Valerie Flessati (1998). One of 309 London monuments in Kershman (2007), page 247. 1 of 45 monuments in "Peace Trails through London" by Valerie Flessati (2012), page 2.
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Includes King's tomb (in lake in photo), an eternal flame, Rosa Parks room, and Mahatma Gandhi room. Click here for additional information. Entry #242 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001). (Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.)
January 30, 1976 - Gandhi Memorial Center, 4748 Western Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland (USA). Across the street from Washington, DC. Houses headquarters for the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation, a library & special meeting rooms for lectures & films depicting the life and activities of Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948] & the cultural heritage of India. The foundation was founded in the USA in 1959 by Swami Premananda. He, Srimati Kamala & His Excellency Ambassador T.N. Kaul dedicated the center on January 30, 1976. Ambassador Kaul said that Mahatma Gandhi belonged not only to India but to the whole world. America could also claim him as its own because of his universality. Swami Premananda stated that Mahatma Gandhi was India’s greatest contribution to the 20th century.
1984 - Statue of Gandhi, Copenhagen (Denmark). "Given by Indira Gandhi on her visit to Denmark in 1984."
March 2, 1985 - Kingsley Hall Community Centre & Peace Garden, Powis Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 (England). In 1931 Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948] stayed here during the Round Table Conference in 1931. Named a Grade II listed building in Sept. 1973. Named in "A Peace Trail Through London" by Valerie Flessati (1998). Click here for Wikipedia article. 1954 - Blue Plaque for Mahatma Gandhi, Kingsley Hall, London (England).
1986 - Blue Plaque for Mahatma Gandhi, 20 Baron's Court Road, Hammersmith & Fulham, London W14 (England). Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) lived here as a law student in the 1880's.
October 2, 1986 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Union Square Park, 14th Street at Broadway, New York City, New York (USA). Sculpted by Kantilal B. Patel. Entry #701 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).
July 1988 - Freedom Quilt Mural, Southeast Regional Office, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), 92 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Mural by David Fichter. Features Mahatma Gandhi and 15 other famous peacemakers. Created as part of Rainbow Coalition events during the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Click here for further information. Entry #240 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).
October 3, 1988 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Ferry Building, San Francico, California (USA). Given to the city by the Gandhi Memorial International Foundation, a non-profit organization run by Yogesh K. Gandhi.
October 27, 1990 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, Hawaii, California (USA). Outside Honolulu Zoo. Given to the city by the Gandhi Memorial International Foundation, a non-profit organization run by Yogesh K. Gandhi.
1990 - Peace Garden, Fresno State University, Fresno, California (USA). Created by Prof. Sudarshan Kapoor. Includes statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez & Martin Luther King, Jr. Entry #65 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).
June 6, 1993 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Church Street, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa). Unveiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pietermaritburg is where Gandhi was thrown off a train in 1893. Date? - Plaque marking place of the 1893 railway incident, Platform No-1, Railway Station, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa).
October 2, 1994 - Pacifist Memorial, Peace Abbey, Sherborn, Massachsetts (USA). Six radiating brick walls surrounding a statue of Mahatma Gandhi by Ludo Goudjabidze. The walls contain the names of and quotations from famous pacifists. Dedcated on 125th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. Entry #471 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).
October 4, 1997 - Gandhi Tree of Knowledge, Shapiro Undergraduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA). "A memorial to Gandhi's life & teachings. Result of the joint effort of the Indian American Student Association & Project Serve. Assistant Provost & Director of the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives John Matlock, who [attended the dedication], stressed that activism can appear in a variety of forms & that students can make it a daily part of their lives."
October 22, 1997 - Bust of Mahatma Gandhi, Saughton Winter Garden, Saughton Park, Edinburgh (Scotland). Sculpted by Kirti Mandir (Kenyan born British citizen of Indian origin working in Glenbuck, Ayrshire). "Unveiled by Dr. Indrakumar Gulzar, Prime Minister of India, in the presence of Mr. Goyel, Consul General of India for Scotland, & the Lord Provost of Edinburgh." Information courtesy of Kirti Mandir 06Jan13.
January 24, 1998 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Visitors Center, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Sculpted by Ram Vanji Sutar of India. There are other Gandhi statues in Cleveland, Houston, New York City, San Francisco, Sherborn, MA, Skokie, IL, and Washington, DC, not to mention London & India. October 26, 1997 - Gandhi Foundation USA, 215 Stoney Ridge Drive, Alpharetta, Georgia (USA). "Founded in anticipation of the statue of the Mahatma Gandhi... The purpose of the foundation is to be an activist organization focusing to focus entirely on the practical application of the philosophies of Gandhi and King..."
1998 - Bust of Mahatma Gandhi, Plaza Sicilia, Buenos Aires (Argentina). "In 1998 [sic], on the 50th anniversary of India’s independence, that nation gifted a bust of Mahatma Gandhi to the city of Buenos Aires, and it is positioned along Libertador not far along to the east. The statue is a work by Indian sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar, who also sculpted the bust of Gandhi that sits at East 21st Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, along with many statues that grace government buildings throughout India."
Before 1999 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Memorial Garden, Jinga (Uganda). At or near place where Gandhi's ashes were spread in the Nile River in August 1948. Date? - Bust of Mahatma Gandhi, Hindu Temple, Jinga (Uganda).
Date? - Bronze statute of Gandhi, Glebe Park, Canberra, Australian Capitol Territory (Ausralia). "Identifies Gandhi’s guiding tenets including: No politics without principles; no commerce without morality; and no science without humanity.”
Date? - Monumento a Gandhi / Gandhi Monument, Bosque de Chapultepec, 1a Sección, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec, Parque Nacional, entre Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Mahatma Gandhi, Mexico City (Mexico). A un costado de el Museo de Antropología. Obra del escultor Federico Canessi [1905-1977].
February 27, 2000 - Sarvodaya, Phoenix Settlement, Bambayi, Inanda, about 25 km from central Durban (South Africa). "Gandhi's original house." Razed to the ground by apartheid violence in 1985. Restored & dedicated February 27, 2000, by South African president Thabo Mbeki.
Date? - Bust of Mahatma Gandhi, Phoenix Settlement, Inanda, about 25 km from central Durban (South Africa). Photo shows Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, jointly garlanding the bust of Mahatma Gandhi on October 01, 2006.
September 16, 2000 - Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC (USA). Text of plaque: "GANDHI LED INDIA TO FREEDOM FROM BRITISH RULE IN 1947. HE IS HAILED AS THE FATHER OF THE NATION. CRUSADER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND LIBERTY, THINKER, WRITER REFORMER, APOSTLE OF TRUTH AND NON-VIOLENCE (AHIMSA), GANDHI SUCCEEDED IN UNITING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS ACROSS INDIA IN A MASS MOVEMENT OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. ON GANDHI'S SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY, ALBERT EINSTEIN WROTE, "GENERATIONS TO COME, IT MAY BE, WILL SCARCE BELIEVE THAT SUCH A ONE AS THIS EVER IN FLESH AND BLOOD WALKED UPON THIS EARTH"." Entry #1107 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).
2002 - Garden of Peace, Vienna (Austria). Oil on canvas by Werner Horvath. Depicts Hannah Arendt, Mahatma Gandhi, Bertha von Suttner & Immanuel Kant.”
October 2, 2003 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Houston Garden Center, Hermann Park, Houston, Texas (USA). Donated by the Government of India. Dedicated on Gandhi"s birthday. December 9, 2007 - Statue of Martrin Luther King, Jt., Houston Garden Center, Hermann Park, Houston, Texas (USA). Opposite the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. "Work of well-known Denver artist Ed Dwight."
October 2, 2003 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Johannesburg (South Africa). 2.5 meter statue by Tinka Christopher depicts Gandhi practicing law in South Africa. Dedicated on Gandhi"s birthday. (Gandhi lived in South Africa from 1893 until 1911.)
October 2, 2004 - Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Statue, Heritage Park, Skokie, Illinois (USA).
2005 - Gandhi Statue, Mission Inn Plaza, Riverside, California (USA). Very unusual base. Sponsored by Dr. Kali P. Chaudhuri whose Riverside-based KPC group has different businesses such as Hospital Ownership and Management, Pharmaceutical CRO and is building a medical college in India. Some of the Gandhi quotes on the statue: "There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge with character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, and Politics without principle." "Live simply so others may simply live." "Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier then the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man." /// "So, what can Gandhi and Riverside have in common? A lot it seems, Riverside prides itself on the diversity of the people that live here. A walk down around downtown reveals statues of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho [1878-1938], and Staff Sergeant Ismael R. Villegas [1924-1945]. To carry it further, there are no statues to Lincoln, Washington, or even [Governor] Schwarzenegger."
Late 2005 - Dove and Gandhi on billboard for Dayton International Peace Museum (DIPM, Ludlow at Fifth Street (facing southbound traffic), Dayton, Ohio (USA). See more about DIPM on web page for peace museums.
October 1, 2006 - Gandhi Statue, Indian Cultural Garden, Cleveland Cultural Gardens (CCG), Rockefeller Park, Cleveland, Ohio (USA). See more about CCG on web pages for gardens and bibliography.
November 14, 2007 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi sitting & reading a book, Ariana Park, Geneva (Switzerland). A gift of the Indian Government to the City of Geneva commemorating the 60th anniversary of Indo-Swiss friendship (Treaty of Amity, August 14, 1948). Inscribed "Ma vie est mon message. My life is my message." Another such statue. Where is it? Eucalyptus trees in background?
2008 - "The Mahatma" (Gandhi Statue), Toledo Area Sculptors Guild, 211 Cedar Street, Gibsonburg, Ohio (USA). Sculpted by James Havens. On sale for $60,000. Havens also made Peace Sculpture at Woodstock School, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand (India).
October 2, 2008 - Mahatma Gandhi Statue, East Campus Library (ground floor), James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia (USA). "The government of India has presented a larger than life-size bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a gift to James Madison University in recognition of the work of the [Mahatma] Gandhi Center [for Global Nonviolence]. The statue was dedicated and unveiled on October 2, 2008, the International Day of Nonviolence and the birth anniversary of the Mahatma, by His Excellency Ronen Sen, Ambassador of India to the USA. The statue...is the first of Mahatma Gandhi in the Commonwealth of Virginia." /// "To my knowledge ( I was not here when the Center was founded but was here when the statue was dedicated), no negative or adversarial political pressure has been exerted on its behalf." Information courtesy of Terry Beitzel 21Nov2013.
June 26, 2009 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Belgrave Road, Leicester (England). Inscribed: "'We must become the change we want to see.' MAHATMA GANDHI, Unveiled by His Holiness Swami Satyamitranand Giriji, Presented by Samanvaya Parivar Leicester, Inaugurated on 26th June 2009."
October 3, 2009 - Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Statue, Gandhi Park, Old County Courthouse, Trade & Alexander Streets, Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). Dedicated by Charlotte Asian Heritage Association (CAHA).
2010 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). "The Government of India presented the statue as a gift to the Friends of CMHR in 2004. The sculpture was created by renowned sculptor Ram Vanji Sutor & has been on display at the Fork Market Building for the past six years..." CMHR opened in 2014 (qv).
October 2, 2012 Gandhi Peace Garden, Willson Park, 303 East Kearsley Street , University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan (USA). "The Gandhi statue was protested by the Ambedkar Association." Information & quote courtesy of Linda Pickett, GVSU. /// "Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA) was formed in the year 2008 with the aim of uplifting the life of [the scheduled castes & tribes in India]. It is a registered non-profit, charitable & cultural organization. AANA believes in Dr. Ambedkar’s dreams & vision for uplifting the SC/ST poor’s of India. AANA focuses on promoting Dr.Ambedkar’s legacy by educating, agitating & organizing. AANA also envision to spread Buddha’s message of peace & kindness to humanity." /// From Flint Journal: "About 200 people armed with umbrellas & flower petals gathered to view the unveiling of a Mahatma Gandhi statue. The statue was shipped from India and put up inside a new, circular 'peace garden'" in recognition of the Indian spiritual leader's birthday & annual Peace Day celebration of the Genesee County Committee for Community Peace... The project was spearheaded and funded by Dr. Marigowda Nagaraju, who used to practice in Flint, and his wife Renuka, with the help of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and other local entities. "Today (in Flint) we have high unemployment and high crime rate, but we are determined to go forward & make the city better than what it was ever before," said Marigowda Nagaraju. Not all, however, were happy about the statue. "He does not represent peace. We want to show people his dark side," said protester Surendra Wanked, 37, of Sterling Heights. A group of at least 20 protesters, some who traveled from Canada to voice their opinion, carried signs questioning historical accounts of Gandhi's efforts against inequality. "He was not the right person," said Ajit Lear of Toronto who beleives Gandhi supported India's caste system. "He was a racist person," said Lear, who comes from one of India's 'untouchable' castes." GANDHI PARKS UNIVS MICHIGAN 2010
June 13, 2012 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Center for Families, YWCA, 310 East 300 South, Salt Lake City (UTAH). "As a lasting symbol of peace & justice, Utah sculptor Dennis Smith unveiled his statue. Boyer Jarvis, a board member of the Gandhi Alliance for Peace, described why Ghandi's image fits so well in the garden of the new justice center: 'His unique role in world history & his commitment ot truth, justice, service, and to encourage nonviolent resolution of conflict among individuals, communities and nations.'" // " Modeled at exactly life-size. Multiple castings are available." // Information courtesy of Deb Sawyer, President, Gandhi Alliance for Peace.
March 14, 2015 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament Square, London (England). "Prime Minister & Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley were joined by Gandhi's grandson, the former governor of West Bengal, Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, & actor Amitabh Bachchan in a ceremony to unveil the sculpture. The Prime Minister said that many of Gandhi's teachings 'remain as potent today as when he first made them...' The sculpture was created by Philip Jackson, inspired by a 1931 photo of Gandhi at No. 10 Downing Street, where he met the then prime minister Ramsay MacDonald... Mr Jackson is known for statues of the Queen Mother & the Bomber Command memorial.
Future - Tolstoy Farm, 35 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg (South Africa). Communal farm when Gandhi lived. To be recreated as a community centre and museum. Please email your comments & questions to geovisual at comcast.net. Thank you.
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