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Monday, May 4, 2015 - Susan Ives, webmaster of the San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC), San Antonio, Texas (USA), starts a continuous weekly series called "Monday's Monuments." As of the end of 2016, the series contained 88 peace monuments (22 of which were already shown on this website). NB: The SAPC displays Monday's Monuments on individual web pages -- without links one to another & thus difficult to visit in serial order. Ms. Ives & the SAPC offer no comprehensive guide to this impressive collection (so far as I can tell). Click here & here for more information about Ms. Ives.
I have pieced together the following list of sucessive Monday's Monuments. Asterisks (*) indicate monuments which were already shown elsewhere on this website. To find them, please use the internal search engine & the many links on the home page. Monuments which were NOT already shown are described at the end of this web page & are being added to the appropriate geographic, chronological & thematic web pages.
Click here for archival list of all Monday's Monuments on the SAPC website.
#1 (May 04, 2015) - Wall of Peace, Paris (France) *
#2 (May 11, 2015) - Christ of the Andes (between Argentina & Chile) *
#3 (May 18, 2015) - Peace Arch, between Washington & British Columbia (USA & Canada) *
#4 (May 25, 2015) - Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, Maryland (USA) *
#5 (June 01, 2015) - "Landmark of Peace," Indianapolis, Indiana (USA) *
#6 (June 08, 2015) - Doves of Picasso, Sheffield (England) *
#7 (June 15, 2015) - Halabje Statue, The Hague (Netherlands). SEE BELOW.
#8 (June 22, 2015) - Landmines Monument (Legless Chair), Geneva (Switzerland) *
#9 (June 29, 2015) - "Tolerance," Houston, Texas (USA) *
#10 (July 06, 2015) - Beacon of Peace, Little Rock, Arkansas (USA) *
#11 (July 13, 2015) - "Breaking the Cycle [of Violence]" Mural, San Antonio, Texas (USA). SEE BELOW.
#12 (July 20, 2015) - Peace Monumtent, Isla Vista, California (USA) *
#13 (July 27, 2015) - Shrine Peace Monument, Toronto, Ontario (Canada) *
#14 (Aug. 03, 2015) - Genbaku Dome (A-bomb Dome), Hiroshima (Japan) *
#15 (Aug. 10, 2015) - "Open Hand - Open Mind - Open Heart," San Antonio, Texas (USA) *
#16 (Aug. 17, 2015) - Peter Feshter Memorial Obelisk, Berlin (Germany). SEE BELOW.
#17 (Aug. 24, 2015) - "Freedom Ring," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). SEE BELOW.
#18 (Aug. 31, 2015) - Shoes on the Danube Promenade, Budapest (Hungary). SEE BELOW.
#19 (Sep. 07, 2015) - "Signal of Peace," Chicago, Illinois (USA) *
#20 (Sep. 11, 2015) - Passage Inachevé / Incomplete Passage, Houston Texas (USA). SEE BELOW. NB: Sep. 11 is not a Monday.
#21 (Sep. 14, 2015) - "Hope for Peace" (“tank sandwich”), Beirut (Lebanon) *
#22 (Sep. 21, 2015) - "Non-Violence" (Knotted Gun), United Nations, New York City, New York (USA) *
#23 (Sep. 28, 2015) - James Meredith Monument, Oxford, Mississippi (USA). SEE BELOW.
#24 (Oct. 05, 2015) - "St. Francis of the Gun," San Francisco, California (USA) *
#25 (Oct. 12, 2015) - Peace Dove, La Paz (Mexico) *
#26 (Oct. 19, 2015) - Peace Garden, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (USA) *
#27 (Oct. 26, 2015) - "People of Peace," Woodbury, New Jersey (USA) SEE BELOW.
#28 (Nov. 02, 2015) - Madre del Mundo, Amarillo, Texas (USA) *
#29 (Nov. 09, 2015) - "Island of Ireland" (Belgium) *
#30 (Nov. 16, 2015) - Peace Pilgrim Park, Egg Harbor City, New Jersey (USA) *
#31 (Nov. 23, 2015) - "The Triumphs of Peace Endure" (Elks Veterans Memorial), Chicago, Illinois (USA) *
#32 (Nov. 30, 2015) - Gilt of Cain, London (England) *
#33 (Dec. 07, 2015) - Fulbright Fountain, Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA) *
#34 (Dec. 14, 2015) - Grafton Pagoda, Grafton, New York (USA) *
#35 (Dec. 21, 2015) - "Kindred Sprits," County Cork (Ireland). SEE BELOW.
#36 (Dec. 28, 2015) - "Open Hand," Chandigarh, Punjab (India) *
#37 (Jan. 04, 2016) - Peace Bird Gate, Peace Park, Hanoi (Vietnam). SEE BELOW.
#38 (Jan. 11, 2016) - "Reflections," Rosemead, California (USA). SEE BELOW.
#39 (Jan. 18, 2016) - Tolerance Park & Monument, Jerusalem (Israel) *
#40 (Jan. 25, 2016) - Peace Sculpture, Livermore, California (USA) *
#41 (Feb. 01, 2016) - "Reconciliation," Derry (Ireland) *
#42 (Feb. 08, 2016) - "Atheists in Foxholes," Madison, Wisconsin (USA). SEE BELOW.
#43 (Feb. 15, 2016) - Brandeis Peace Monument, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (USA) *
#44 (Feb. 22, 2016) - "May We Have Peace," Norman, Oklahoma (USA) *
#45 (Feb. 29, 2016) - Rossenstrasse Monument, Berlin (Germany) *
#46 (Mar. 07, 2016) - "Women Are Persons," Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) *
#47 (Mar. 14, 2016) - Statue of Mary McLeod Bethune, Washington, DC (USA) *
#48 (Mar. 21, 2016) - Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York (USA) *
#49 (Mar. 28, 2016) - Great Petition, Melbourne, Victoria (Australia). SEE BELOW.
#50 (Apr. 04, 2016) - Edward Hicks House, Newtown, Pennsylvania (USA). SEE BELOW.
#51 (Apr. 11, 2016) - Anti-War Monument, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida (USA) *
#52 (Apr. 18, 2016) - Peace on Earth, Los Angeles, California (USA) *
#53 (Apr. 25, 2016) - Kinder Mass Trespass Plaque, near Hayfield (England). SEE BELOW.
#54 (May 02, 2016) - Statue of John Henry, Talcott, West Virginia (USA). SEE BELOW.
#55 (May 09, 2016) - Tartu Rahu Peace Treaty, Tartu (Estonia). SEE BELOW.
#56 (May 16, 2016) - Pax-Stein, Lindesnes (Norway) *
#57 (May 23, 2016) - Grigoris Lambrakis Statue, Thessaloniki (Greece) *
#58 (May 30, 2016) - World Peace Statue, Grandcamp-Maisy (France) *
#59 (June 06, 2016) - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) *
#60 (June 13, 2016) - Statue of Sadako Sasaki, Seattle, Washington (USA) *
#61 (June 20, 2016) - "Reconciliation," Bradford (England) *
#62 (June 27, 2016) - "Unity in Peace," Brussels (Belgium) *
#63 (July 04, 2016) - Lochnagar Crater - Battle of the Somme (France). SEE BELOW.
#64 (July 11, 2016) - "Path of Peace," Des Moines, Iowa (USA) *
#65 (July 18, 2016) - Cairn of Peace, Prace (Czech Republic) *
#66 (July 25, 2016) - Peace Tower, St. Petersburg (Russia) *
#67 (Aug. 01, 2016) - Children's Peace Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) *
#68 (Aug. 08, 2016) - Peace Pagoda, Battersea, London (England) *
#69 (Aug. 15, 2016) - Reichs[anti]kolonialehrendenkmal, Bremen (Germany). SEE BELOW.
#70 (Aug. 22, 2016) - "World of Peace" (Anti-gun Monument), Kampong Thom (Cambodia) *
#71 (Aug. 29, 2016) - "Peace Love & Unity," Uhuhru (Kenya). SEE BELOW.
#72 (Sep. 05, 2016) - "Circle of Sacred Smoke," Devil's Tower, Wyoming (USA) *
#73 (Sep. 12, 2016) - War Memorial Frieze, Leeds (England) *
#74 (Sep. 19, 2016) - Peace Park, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (Australia) *
#75 (Sep. 26, 2016) - Bridge of Peace, Tbilisi (Georgia). SEE BELOW.
#76 (Oct. 03, 2016) - Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City, New York (USA) *
#77 (Oct. 10, 2016) - Imagine Peace Tower, Videy Island (Iceland) *
#78 (Oct. 17, 2016) - John Lennon Peace Wall, Prague (Czech Republic) *
#79 (Oct. 24, 2016) - John Lennon Peace Monument, Liverpool (England) *
#80 (Oct. 31, 2016) - John Lennon Statue, Havana (Cuba) *
#81 (Nov. 07, 2016) - Naval Peace Monument, Washington, DC (USA) *
#82 (Nov. 14, 2016) - "Guns into Plowshares," Washington, DC (USA) *
#83 (Nov. 21, 2016) - "Social Consciousness," Philadelphia, Pensylvania (USA). SEE BELOW.
#84 (Nov. 28, 2016) - Insanlik Aniti / Statue of Humanity, Kars (Turkey) *
#85 (Dec. 05, 2016) - Winter War Monument, Suomussalmi (Finland). SEE BELOW.
#86 (Dec. 12, 2016) - Bernard Lown Peace Bridge, Lewiston, Maine (USA) *
#87 (Dec. 19, 2016) - Monument to Peace (aka “The Palm of Peace”), Guatemala City (Guatemala) *
#88 (Dec. 26, 2016) - "Children of the World," Nordkapp (Norway) *
#89 (Jan. 02, 2017) - "Der Rufer / The Caller," Straße des 17 Juni, Tiergarten, Berlin (Germany). Faces the Brandenburg Gate. *
#90 (Jan. 09, 2017) - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Friedrichstadt, Berlin (Germany) *
#91 (Jan. 16, 2017) - Bibliotek, Bebelplatz, Unter den Linden, Berlin (Germany) *
#92 (Jan. 23, 2017) - Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism, Tiergarten, Berlin (Germany) *
#93 (Jan. 30, 2017) - Memorial to the Sinti & Roma Victims of National Socialism, Tiergarten, Berlin (Germany) *
#94 (Feb. 06, 2017) - Stolpersteine / Stumbling Stones (throughout Europe) *
#95 (Feb. 13, 2017) - Monument to the Jewish Victims of Fascism, Hackescher Markt District , Berlin (Germany) *
#96 (Feb. 20, 2017) - Brandenburg Gate, Berlin (Germany) - End of "monumental tour of Berlin" *
#97 (Feb. 27, 2017) - Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza, Rockford, Illinois (USA). *
#98 (Mar. 06, 2017) - World Poverty Stone, Dublin (Ireland). *
#99 (Mar. 13, 2017) - Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (Lynching Monument), Duluth, Minnesota (USA). SEE BELOW.
#100 (Mar. 20, 2017) - Civil Rights Garden, Atlantic City, New Jersey (USA). SEE BELOW.
#101 (Mar. 27, 2017) - Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail, Louisville, Kentucky (USA). SEE BELOW.
#102 (Apr. 03, 2017) - Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail, Birmingham, Alabama (USA). SEE BELOW.
#103 (Apr. 10, 2017) - Statues in Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama (USA). *
#104 (Apr. 17, 2017) - Lunchcounter Four Monument, A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina (USA). SEE BELOW.
#105 (Apr. 24, 2017) - Civil Rights Monument, Richmond, Virginia (USA). SEE BELOW.
#106 (May 01, 2017) - Rosa Parks Plaza, Dallas, Texas (USA). *
#107 (May 08, 2017) - Martin Luther King Statue & Plaza, Houston, Texas (USA) *
#108 (May 15, 2017) - "This One Earth," Demilitarized Zone - DMZ (South Korea) *
#109 (May 22, 2017) - "Breathing," on roof of Peel Wing, BBC Broadcasting House, London (England). SEE BELOW.
#110 (May 29, 2017) - "Burghers of Calais," Calais (France). *
#111 (June 05, 2017) - John Hope Franklin Tower of Reconciliation, Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA). SEE BELOW.
#112 (June 12, 2017) - "Perceiving Freedom," Cape Town (South Africa) *
#113 (June 19, 2017) - "Chain Reaction," Santa Monica, California (USA). *
#114 (June 26, 2017) - "Mitakuye Oyasin / All My Relations," Rapid City, South Dakota (USA). SEE BELOW.
#115 (July 03, 2017) - Masts of the Rainbow Warrior, Dargaville, North Island (New Zealand). SEE BELOW.
#116 (July 10, 2017) - Rainbow Warrior Memorial, Matauri Bay (New Zealand) *
#117 (July 17, 2017) - Monument to the Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, Waterfront, Auckland (New Zealand). SEE BELOW.
#118 (July 24, 2017) - "Peace of Pie Please," 10 West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). SEE BELOW.
#119 (July 31, 2017) - Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain (aka Eros), Piccadilly Circus, London (England). SEE BELOW.
#120 (Aug. 07, 2017) - Rockport Park Peace Park, Janesville, Wisconsin (USA). *
#121 (Aug. 14, 2017) - Pillar of Shame, Hong Kong (China). SEE BELOW.
#122 (Aug. 21, 2017) - "Spirit of Hope," Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, Austin, Texas (USA). *
#123 (Aug. 28, 2017) - Aantorcha de la Amistad / Torch of Friendship, San Antonio, Texas (USA). *
#124 (Sep. 04, 2017) - Freedman's Memorial Arch, Freedman's Memorial Cemetery, Texas (USA). *
#125 (Sep. 11, 2017) - Broken Obelisk, Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas (USA). *
#126 (Sep. 18, 2017) - "Cold War Horse," Rocky Flats, Arvada, Colorado (USA). SEE BELOW.
#127 (Sep. 25, 2017) - Statue of Rev. Avery Alexander, Univ. Med. Ctr., Galvez & Canal Sts, New Orleans, LA (USA). SEE BELOW.
#128 (Oct. 02, 2017) - "Revelations" [Fountain], Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, California (USA) *
#129 (Oct. 09, 2017) - Befrielsen / Liberation, Upsalla (Sweden). SEE BELOW.
#130 (Oct. 16, 2017) - Fredsmonumentet / Peace Monument, Karlstad (Sweden). *
#131 (Oct. 23, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#132 (Oct. 30, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#133 (Nov. 06, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#134 (Nov. 13, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#135 (Nov. 20, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#136 (Nov. 27, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#137 (Dec. 04, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#138 (Dec. 11, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#139 (Dec. 18, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
#140 (Dec. 25, 2017) - To be announced by San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC)
Asterisks (*) indicate monuments which were already shown elsewhere on this website when announced by the SAPC.
2014 - Halabje Statue, Garden of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Hague (Netherlands) /// This is "Monday's Monument" #7. NETHERLANDS 2014 IRAN
2002 - "Breaking the Cycle [of Violence]" Mural, San Antonio, Texas (USA). "18th mural installed by San Anto Cultural Arts." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #11. WALLS 2002 NON-VIOLENCE TX
1962 - Peter-Fechter-Stelle memorial / Peter Feshter Memorial Obelisk, Zimmerstrasse, Berlin (Germany). "East German bricklayer Peter Fechter [1944-1962] was shot crossing the Berlin Wall [on August 17, 1962]. A cross [left image] was quickly placed on the western side near the spot where Fechter was shot & slowly bled to death. After German reunification in 1990, the memorial obelisk was constructed at the precise spot where he had died on the eastern side [right image]... This has become a focal point for some of the commemorations regarding the wall. The engraving reads "...he just wanted freedom.'" /// This is "Monday's Monument" #16. BERLIN COLD_WAR 1962 CROSSES
1994 - "The Freedom Ring," Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). "A 'cosmogram' 24-feet in diameter. Celebrates the theme of freedom as it relates to peoples & cultures migrating across oceans in pursuit of refuge in Philadelphia. Fabricated from over 5 tons of Pennsylvania black & midnight gray granite, with hundreds of sandblasted letters. Circumference spells out 'Let Freedom Ring' in 36 languages from from Armenian to Zulu..." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #17. UNIVS 1994 PA MIGRATION
April 2005 - Shoes on the Danube Promenade, Budapest (Hungary). "Honors the Jews who were murdered by fascist Arrow Cross Militiamen in Budapest in 1944-45, during World War II. The Brigade would line up as many Jews as possible & shoot them on the river’s bank to save them the work of having to bury the bodies. The victims had to take their shoes off, since shoes were valuable belongings at the time." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #18. HUNGARY 2005 HOLOCAUST WW-II
1990 - "Passage Inachevé / Incomplete Passage," Buffalo Bayou, Houston, Texas (USA). "This skeletal house commemorates the Bicentennial [of the French Revolution]. The images embedded in the gables abstractly reflect issues of human rights, freedom of expressions [sic], contemplative ideas, elements of history & contemporary concerns." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #20. 1990 FRANCE RIGHTS
1992 - "People of Peace," Gloucester County Courthouse,Woodbury, New Jersey (USA). "Commissioned by the county’s veteran’s commission. Sculpted by Deptford, NJ, artist Frank A. Seder Jr., who said he hoped his piece would honor the knowledge that came from war rather than war itself." Inscription: "PEACE. It sits by itself alone and is taken for granted / like a light at the end of a dark tunnel missed / only when you realize it is no longer there. / The lives that have been given for that light / are remembered in the years of peace." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #27.
August 2015 - "Kindred Sprits," Bailic Park, Middleton, County Cork (Ireland). "Has nine giant, stainless steel eagle feathers arranged forming a protective space. Honors a group of Choctaw people in Scullyville, Oklahoma, who sent $170 to Ireland during the great potato famine (16 years after the Choctaw & other 'civilized' tribes endureed the Trail of Tears)." This is "Monday's Monument" #35. 2015-ok IRELAND FAMINE
October 8, 2010 - Peace Bird Gate, Peace Park, Hanoi (Vietnam). "Celebrates Hanoi’s Millennium. Resembles the traditional Vietnamese Lac Viet bird. A twist on the traditional origami Peace Crane form." This is "Monday's Monument" #37. CRANES VIETNAM 2010
September 5, 2011 - "Reflect," Rosemead, California (USA). "An iron beam pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center. Held up by two stainless steel hands constructed from 2,976 individually crafted stainless steel birds, each representing a victim of the attacks. According to the LA Times, 'Some see doves. Others are certain they are looking at hawks. Still others are convinced the small figures they’re seeing represent angels.' 'I didn’t want to be too specific. I want the viewer to bring their own ideas to it,' artist Heath Satow said.'" This is "Monday's Monument" #38. CA-___ 9/11 HANDS DOVES ANGELS
October 9, 2015 - "Atheists in Foxholes" Monument, at Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) headquarters, Madison, Wisconsin (USA). "Contradicts an old jingoistic slogan ('There are no atheists in foxholes.') that proclaims no secular person could, or would, give their lives on the battlefield in the name of the United States. /// Inscribed: 'In memory of atheist in foxholes and the countless freethinkers who have served this country with honor and distinction. Presented with hope that in the future humankind may learn to avoid all war.'" /// This is "Monday's Monument" #42. 2015-ok WI FREETHOUGHT
2008 - "Great Petition" for women's suffrage, Melbourne, Victoria (Australia). "In the late 19th century, woman's suffrage activists sought support from both men & women throughout Victoria. A giant petition with 30,000 signatures & carried by several attendants, was claimed to be the largest petition presented to the Victorian parliament to that date (1891). Women had to wait another 17 years before they were given voting rights in Victoria. Most Indigenous women would be denied rights until 1962." This is "Monday's Monument" #49. 2008 AUSTRALIA WOMEN RIGHTS
Before 1849 - Edward Hicks House, Penn Street, Newtown, Pennsylvania (USA). "Edwards Hicks [1780-1849] was a Quaker sign painter, best known today for his 'ornamental' paintings, especially the motif known as 'The Peaceable Kingdom,' which illuminates Isaiah 11: 'The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.'” He painted between 60 & 100 paintings on this theme,often combining it with Penn’s Treaty with the Indians... The treaty William Penn entered into was remarked upon by Voltaire, who called it '...the only treaty never sworn to and never broken.' Hicks' house "is commemorated with a historical marker & an information board describing his life & work as a painter, preacher & peacemaker." This is "Monday's Monument" #50. PA 1849 MARKERS ARTISTS BIBLE QUAKERS QUOTES
1982 - Kinder Mass Trespass Plaque, near Hayfield (England). "The Kinder Mass Trespass was an act of civil disobedience by young men from Manchester & Sheffield intended to secure free access to England’s mountains & moorlands. The ramblers walked from Bowden Bridge Quarry to climb the hill called Kinder Scout in the Derbyshire Peak District on April 24, 1932. The protest led to improved access to the countryside in the shape of national parks (from 1949), long-distance footpaths starting with the Pennine Way (opened in 1965) & various forms of the desired 'right to roam.'" This is "Monday's Monument" #53. 1982 PROTESTS RIGHTS WALKS ENGLAND ENVIRONMENT
1972 - Statue of John Henry, Great Bend Railroad Tunnel, Talcott, West Virginia (USA). "The legend of John Henry, the “steel-drivin’ man” who beat the newfangled steel drill in a contest of strength & then died from exhaustion, is probably based on a real person. The statue was erected in 1972 by the Ruritan Club, then refurbished & moved closer to the tunnel entrance in 2012. Many of the workers, like John Henry, were newly-freed slaves. The legend is about both power & weakness, about persistence, about man vs. machine &, ultimately, the dignity of labor – with an African-American hero." This is "Monday's Monument" #54. 1972 LABOR WV SLAVERY
2008 - Tartu Rahu / Tartu Peace Treaty Monument, Tartu (Estonia). "On February 2, 1920, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (brief predecessor to the USSR) renounced its rights to Estonia in perpetuity. Estonia, which had been under foreign domination for two centuries, marks this as its independence day." This is "Monday's Monument" #55. ESTONIA DATE TREATIES 2008
1986 - Lochnagar Crater, La Boisselle, near Albert (France). "On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme (the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front), British Royal Engineers dug under German trenches & detonated 27 tons of high explosives, opening a massive crater & killing more than 6,000. The site was purchased in 1978 by Englishman Richard Dunning who erected a memorial cross on the rim of the crater in 1986 using reclaimed timber from a Tyneside church. Dunning explains: “Lochnagar...symbolises the eternal pain, loss & sorrow of millions of grieving people throughout Europe. I urge you to commemorate those who fell there...not simply by remembering them, but by seeking to make the world that they were so cruelly denied a much more peaceful, forgiving & loving place.'" NB: Scottish troops chose "Lochnagar," the name of a town in Scotland, as the code name of the secret tunnel. /// This is "Monday's Monument" #63. FRANCE 1986 CROSS WW-I
1988-1990-2009 - Reichs[anti]kolonialehrendenkmal, Bremen (Germany). "This ten-meter high structure was completed in 1931 as a monument to the German colonies which then included Cameroon, Togo, Deutsch-Ostafrika [Tanzania], Deutsch-Südwestafrika [Namibia] & several islands. For decades the Reichskolonialehrendenkmal / ______ stood as a powerful symbol of German colonial ambition. The allied forces chiseled off the inscriptions on the outside, but the plaques on the inside of “der elefant” remained, including a list of 1,400 colonial soldiers & officials who died defending the German empire. In 1988, a metal sign was created next to the elephant by the youth wing of the Bremen metal workers union in support of the Anti-Apartheid movement. In 1990, with the celebration of Namibian independence from South Africa, the elephant itself was re-dedicated as the “Bremen anti colonial monument” thereby attempting to invert its historical meaning yet retaining the original design. And in 2009 a new monument was created next to the elephant to the victims of German genocide. /// This is "Monday's Monument" #69. 1988 GERMANY NAMIBIA GENOCIDE
Date? - "Amani, Upendo & Umoja / Peace, Love & Unity Fountain," Uhuhru / Freedom Park, Nairobi (Kenya). Erected by president Daniel arap Moi [b.1924] where Kenyan independance was declared in 1963. "In practice, the Moi regime became repressive, and 'peace, love & unity' often meant acquiescing to Moi & his ruling party." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #71. KENYA UGLY
2010 - Bridge of Peace, Mtkvari River, Tbilisi (Georgia). "490 foot-long bow-shaped pedestrian bridge. Connects Old Tbilisi with the new district. Shimmers with an interactive light display at night generated by thousands of white LED's. The pulsating lights communicate, in Morse code, chemical elements from Mendeleev’s periodic table of the elements that make up a human body. The concept of the Italian designer Michele De Lucchi was 'the anthem of life & peace among people & nations.'" This is "Monday's Monument" #75. GEORGIA 2010 BRIDGES
1954 - "Social Consciousness," Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). "At the West Entrance... By Jacob Epstein [1880-1959]. Suggest sympathy, tenderness & sorrow for human suffering. The three parts are (left to right) The Great Consoler (or Compassion), The Eternal Mother (or Destiny) & Succor (or Death). At the base of the statue the last two lines of Walt Whitman’s poem, America, is engraved: "Centre of equal daughters, equal sons, / All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old, / Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich, / Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love, / A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother, / Chair’d in the adamant of Time." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #83. NUDITY PA 1954
2003 - Winter War Monument, Suomussalmi (Finland). "The Winter War began with the Soviet invasion of Finland on 30 November 1939 & ended with the Moscow Peace Treaty on 13 March 1940. The League of Nations deemed the attack illegal and expelled the Soviet Union from the League on 14 December 1939... This stone field reminds us of the human suffering which the war brought [and] impels the viewer to reflect on the mindlessness of war... The monument contains 105 brass bells, one for each day of the Winter War." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #85. FINLAND-ok 2003-ok BELLS-ok
October 10, 2003 - "...Difficult to Speak & Impossible to Remain Silent" (Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial), Duluth, Minnesota (USA). "On June 15, 1920, Black circus workers Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson & Issac McGhie, falsely accused of rape, were hanged in Duluth while a white mob of 10,000 looked on. The lynchings made headlines throughout the whole country. The Chicago Evening Post wrote, “This is a crime of a Northern state, as black and ugly as any that has brought the South in disrepute.” The memorial dedication in 2003 drew thousands of people from all over the area. The first verse of Bob Dylan’s 1965 song 'Desolation Row' (he was born in Duluth) recalls the lynchings: 'They’re selling postcards of the hanging. / They’re painting the passports brown. / The beauty parlor is filled with sailors. / The circus is in town.'" /// This is "Monday's Monument" #99.
February 7, 2001 - "Civil Rights Garden, Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Atlantic City, New Jersey (USA). "The first large-scale civil-rights monument in a northern state[sic]. Next to the city’s Carnegie Library." /// "Designed by Larry Kirkland of Washington, DC. Features a brick path through a garden of seasonal plants, flowers & ginkgo trees. Eleven black African granite columns are inscribed with quotes from slaves & students, presidents & preachers, all discussing the struggle of black Americans for equal treatment. The central column features an upraised hand & a large, bronze bell hovering over a reflecting pool. Often a venue for events such as the annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human & Civil Rights Symposium. Fannie Lou Hamer [1917-1977] was a founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which sent an alternate delegation to the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. The credentials committee refused to compromise. She famously said, 'I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.'" /// This is "Monday's Monument" #100. NJ 2001 CIVIL_RIGHTS HAMMER BELLS GARDENS
September 2015 - Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail, Louisville, Kentucky (USA). "Eleven markers along Fourth Street, the city’s primary corridor of restaurants, department stores & theaters. Through the 1950's, most white-owned establishments downtown excluded African Americans or treated them differently as customers -- for example, denying them the opportunity to try on clothes, to sit at lunch counters & to enter movie theaters. By winter 1961, small-scale demonstrations & efforts to secure legislation opening all such facilities had failed. The stirrings of protest activity that swept the South in the 1960's inspired African American teenagers who became the 'foot soldiers' of the struggle against discrimination in public accommodations in Louisville. Mass student demonstrations in spring 1961, a voter registration drive & a campaign to unseat an unsympathetic mayor & elect a new board of aldermen ultimately led to the passage of the public accommodations ordinance -- the first such law in the South." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #101.
2013 - Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail, Birmingham, Alabama (USA). "A self-guided tour. Winds through downtown, marking significant locations along the 1963 Civil Rights march routes. Directs visitors by maps at each location. Speaks to the valor of both common people [sic] & to the spiritual leaders who spearheaded the fight against segregation & other forms of racism. Graphic photo graphs & dramatic cut-outs in the designs of the signs add to the rich experience. Begins at Kelly Ingram Park, on the corner of 6th Avenue North & 16th Street. Started on the 50th anniversary [date?] of the historic March in 2013. When completed it will have more than 200 signs in 70 sites." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #102. TRAILS CIVIL_RIGHTS ALABAMA 2013
2002 - Lunchcounter Four Monument, A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina (USA). "On Monday, February 1, 1960, Greensboro went down in history for the igniting the civil rights 'sit-in' movement in the nation. On this day, four North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University students sat down at the F.W. Woolworth Company’s segregated lunch counter & asked for service, which was refused. This sit-in fueled the campaign for racial integration in the South & beyond. The store & lunch counter, located in the Old Greensboro downtown historic district, remained in operation until 1993, when Woolworths closed. It is now a civil rights museum [qv]." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #104. CIVIL_RIGHTS NC 2002
July 2008 - Civil Rights Monument, Richmond, Virginia (USA). On statehouse grounds (on a corner opposite a statue of Harry F. Byrd, Sr. [1887-1966], the architect of the massive resistance movement against civil rights.). "Commemorates protests which helped bring about school desegregation in Virginia. Features 18 statues of leaders or participants in the Civil Rights Movement on four sides of a rectangular granite stone block onto which are carved quotes. Specific incident memorialized is a student-led strike in 1961 that protested the poor conditions in the segregated schools. This led to a lawsuit, Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, which was eventually one of the four cases combined into Brown v. Board of Education, the famous case in which the US Supreme Court, in 1954, officially overturned racial segregation in US public schools. /// This is "Monday's Monument" #105. CIVIL_RIGHTS VA 2008
June 16, 2008 - "Breathing," on roof of Peel Wing, BBC Broadcasting House, London (England). "...commemorates journalists & associated staff who have been killed while carrying out their work. A 10-metre high glass & steel column, with a torch-like, inverted spire shape; also features a poem by James Fenton. At night the sculpture gently glows, then at 10 pm every evening (coinciding with the broadcast of the BBC ten o’clock news) the memorial shines a beam of light into the sky for 30 minutes, which reaches up to 900m. Unveiled by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. By Spanish artist Jaume Plensa [whose work includes "Tolerance" in Houston, Texas]" /// This is "Monday's Monument" #109.
October 27, 2010 - John Hope Franklin Tower of Reconciliation, John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, 321 North Detroit, Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA). "This park is a result of the 2001 Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, during which a group of Whites attacked what was then the wealthiest Black community in the US. An estimated 10,000 Blacks were left homeless, and 35 city blocks were destroyed by fire. The estimated death toll ranges from 39 to about 500. The park is on the edge of the old Greenwood neighborhood, the section of town that was razed during the riot. The monuments consist of two displays: Hope Plaza & The Tower of Reconciliation. Hope Plaza is a 16-foot granite structure with three bronze sculptures depicting Hostility (an armed white man), Humiliation (a Black man with his arms raised in surrender), and Hope (a white Red Cross Worker cradling a Black child.) All three figures are based on actual people in photographs collected of the Riot. The Tower of Reconciliation is a 25-foot tower that uses images to highlight the history of African Americans, beginning with life in Africa through to the Tulsa Race Riot & reconstruction after the Riot. The Park, tower & nearby Center for Reconciliation are named for the late John Hope Franklin [1915-2009], noted historian & son of attorney Buck Franklin, who survived the Race Riot & was instrumental in assisting other African Americans in rebuilding after the events of the Riot & its aftermath." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #111.
1995 - "Mitakuye Oyasin / All My Relations," Rapid City, South Dakota (USA). "Rapid City is filled with statues. In 2000 it declared itself the 'City of Presidents' & installed a life-size statue of one on each street corner. Before the presidents started appearing, though, there was 'Mitakuye Oyasin / We Are All Related [sic].' As described on the attached plaque in both English & Lakota Sioux, 'This sculpture represents hope for reconciliation, dignity, & respect for all the human race.' The earth itself is in the shape of a hoop or circle of life. The crossed pipes represent world peace. The eagle symbolizes all flying creatures & communication with Tunka Sila [/Father]. Wisdom & the healing arts are represented by the grizzly bear, and a long & productive life is symbolized by the turtle. The bison reminds us of our ancestors’ healthy lifestyles, free from famine & also of White Buffalo Calf Woman who brought us the pipe.' Cast in bronze, the sculpture is by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Claude Lamphere based on an original drawing by Richard Under Bridge [sic]." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #114. /// Third image compares "Beloved Woman of Justice" (modeled on a Cherokee woman) in Knoxville, Tennessee (qv). 1995 SD AMERIND TN RECONCILIATION ANIMALS
1986 - Masts of the Rainbow Warrior, Dargaville, North Island (New Zealand). "The masts of the Rainbow Warrior were first 'stepped' (ceremoniously raised) at Dargaville Museum in 1986, commemorating the bombing of Greenpeace’s anti-nuclear protest flagship in Auckland Harbor on July 10, 1985. The ship was preparing to depart from Auckland to protest French nuclear testing at Mururoa atoll in French Polynesia. A Greenpeace photographer was killed in the blast, and the French government eventually admitted responsibility for the bombing." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #115. /// See other Rainbow Warrior memorials in Auckland & Matauri Bay. Monday’s Monument: Proposed Rainbow Warrior Memorial, Auckland, New Zealand
Future - Monument to the Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, Waterfront, Auckland (New Zealand). "In the Summer of 2015, Ports of Auckland proposed building a monument to the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior on the city’s waterfront. The Greenpeace vessel was sunk in a terrorist attack while it was moored at Marsden Wharf in July 1985. The wharf is being demolished, and the Ports Authority said it was important that the event was permanently commemorated. As shown in the artist’s rendition [above], the design includes a seat facing north incorporating the bollard the Rainbow Warrior’s bow line was moored to when she was sunk. There would be a description of events laser cut into a steel sheet on the red wharf fence next to it. The plan is supported by Greenpeace." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #117. /// See other Rainbow Warrior memorials in Dargaville & Matauri Bay.
2014 - "Peace of Pie Please," 10 West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). "Starting in 2005, Salt Lake City started installing 'flying objects' in prominent places downtown. Artists were commissioned to create art that could stand the harsh winters for at least two years. 'Peace of Pie Please' by Stephen Dayton is one of six installed atop 12-foot-high poles at 10 West Temple in 2014, so see it now as it might be replaced with new art soon. It is a stylized dove, topped by a colorful 'peace' of pie with a fork stuck in it. The art is intended to add whimsy & color to the downtown area, and that it does." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #118. DOVES TEXAS 2014 FOOD
1893 - Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, Piccadilly Circus, London (England). Statue on top is commonly called "Eros." Actually "the god pictured is Eros’ younger brother, Anteros, who represents completed or returned love. Because of the fuss that was created because of its nudity & supposed frivolity, it was almost immediately re-named 'The Angel of Christian Charity.' The fountain is dedicated to the noted philanthropist & social reformer Lord Shaftesbury [1621-1683]. He reformed the lunacy, labor & child labor laws & was on the board of governors of the 'ragged schools' which educated the poor. Lord Shaftesbury is honored (under his given name of Anthony Ashley-Cooper) together with William Wilberforce [1759-1833] on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church on 30 July for his witness against slavery." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #119.
1997 & 2008 - Pillar of Shame, Hong Kong (China). "Created by Danish sculptor-activist Jens Galschiot to mark the 8th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests [in Beijing on June 4, 1989]. Fifty torn & twisted bodies symbolize the degradation, devaluation & lack of respect for the individual. The black original color was meant to symbolize grief & loss & the sculpture, which represents the victims & expresses the pain & the despair of the event [sic]. In 2008 the sculpture was symbolically painted orange to raise awareness about human rights in China. On the base of the statue, is the history & pictures of the massacre & also includes the words 'The Tiananmen Massacre, June 4th 1989' & 'The old cannot kill the young forever.' in both English & Chinese. /// Galschiot erected three other Pillars of Shame: In 1996 at the Ostiense Air Terminal, Rome (Italy), during the summit [of the Food & Agriculture Organizaiton]; it depicts the deaths caused worldwide by hunger due to the uneven distribution of the world’s resources. In 1999 in Acteal, Chiapas (Mexico); it marks the site of the December 1997 massacre of 45 members of the civil society group Las Abejas / The Bees. And in 2000 in Brasilia, (Brazil); it pays homage to the victims of the Eldorado dos Carajás massacre which occurred in 1996 [but] was later moved to Belém, the capital of Pará, the federal state where the massacre occurred." /// This is "Monday's Monument" #121.
August 25, 2015 - "Cold War Horse," Arvada, Colorado USA). "The horse is dressed in a red HAZMAT suit, goggles & a respirator, and catches the eye." /// "[It was] created to acknowledge the history of Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, its workers & the surrounding community. During its operation Rocky Flats manufactured parts for nuclear bombs; an estimated 70,000 plutonium triggers were produced at the plant beginning in 1952. Over the years Rocky Flats experienced many routine & accidental releases [of radioactivity] into the air, soil & water, many of which eventually became public. In 1989 the FBI raided the plant because of suspected environmental crimes. Rockwell International, who operated the plant at the time, plead guilty & was ordered to pay an $18 million fine. In 1992 the plant was closed, and remediation began on what was now an EPA superfund site. Cold War Horse was created by Jeff Gipe, whose father worked in the plant." This is "Monday's Monument" #126.
Date? - "The Crusader" (statue of the Rev. Avery C. Alexander), University Medical Center (UMC), Galvez & Canal Streets, New Orleans, Louisiana (USA). "Avery C. Alexander [1910-1999] was a Southern Christian Leadership Conference board member, state legislator & local civil rights hero. In a well-publicized incident in the basement cafeteria at City Hall in 1963, Alexander was arrested & dragged upstairs by the heels. In a similar incident in 1993, police used a chokehold to subdue Alexander, then in his 70's, when he participated in a protest against KKK Grand Wizard David Duke in a ceremony at the Liberty Monument (qv) in New Orleans. His statue was removed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (2005) so that it would not be damaged by the demolition of the State Building in 2007. The statue depicted Alexander pointing toward the City Hall that he helped desegregate. After persistent lobbying by activists, the Alexander statue was relocated to a prominent location in the plaza leading to a new medical center." This is "Monday's Monument" #127.
April 4, 1978 - Befrielsen / Liberation, Upsalla (Sweden). "In a Medieval plaza facing the city’s university, artist Olof Hellström depicts two large fists removing rods from the ground, symbolizing Dr. Martin Luther King’s message that the best way to solve a problem is to remove the cause. Or perhaps it is two large hands breaking prison bars. It was dedicated in 1978 on the 10th anniversary of King’s assassination. The plaza was also renamed in his honor." This is "Monday's Monument" #129.