8 Peace Monuments
Dedicated in 1984
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March 21, 1984 - John Lennon Memorial, Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City, New York (USA). Reproduction of a mosaic from Pompeii. Gift from the city of Naples (Italy). Dedicated by Yoko Ono on what would have been Lennon's 45th birthday. Entrance on Central Park West at West 72nd Street, directly across from Dakota Apartments, where Lennon lived for latter part of his life & where he was murdered.
May 31, 1984 - Friedensbibliothek und Antikriegsmuseum / Peace Library & Anti-War Musuem, Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Greifswalder Strase 4, Berlin (Germany). Operated by Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg.
1984 - Constellation Earth, Snyder Traffic Circle, Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio (USA). "An eight-foot sphere celebrating the global family." Duplicate of bronze sculpture by Paul Theodore Granlund [1925-2003] which the City of St. Paul, Minnesota (USA), presented in 1992 to Nagasaki (Japan) for the "Peace Symbols Zone" in Nagasaki Peace Park. Photo by EWL.
1984 - Livermore Peace Monument, Livermore, California (USA), home of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Created by local sculptor Don Homan, an employee of LLNL. Originally made of plywood but later bronzed and rededicaed by Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson. A replica has been given to sister city Yotsukaido (Japan). Click here to see brochure in Japanese. Entry #74 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).
1984 - "Peace And Music," Bethel, Sullivan County, New York (USA). 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock in adjoining Ulster County. Plaque marking site of 1969 Woodstock Music Fesitival (originally billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music"). "The field & the stage area remain preserved in their rural setting & the fields of the Yasgur farm are still visited by people of all generations. In 1996, the site of the concert and 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) surrounding was purchased by cable television pioneer Alan Gerry for the purpose of creating the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The Center opened on July 1, 2006, with a performance by the New York Philharmonic. On August 13, 2006, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed before 16,000 fans at the new Centeró37 years after their historic performance at Woodstock. The Museum at Bethel Woods opened on June 2, 2008. The Museum contains film & interactive displays, text panels, and artifacts that explore the unique experience of the Woodstock festival, its significance as the culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacy of the Sixties & Woodstock today. The ashes of the late Richie Havens were scattered across the site on August 18, 2013. In late 2016 New York's State Historic Preservation Office applied to the National Park Service to have 600 acres (240 ha) including the site of the festival & adjacent areas used for campgrounds, all of which still appear mostly as they did in 1969 as they were not redeveloped when Bethel Woods was built, listed on the National Register of Historic Places."
1984 - International World Peace Rose Garden, Gandhi World Peace Memorial, The Lake Shrine, Pacific Palisades, California (USA). The shrine contains a portion of Gandhi's ashes.
August 9, 1984 - Maygrove Peace Park, The Gormley, Kilburn, Camden, London (England). "...a permanent reminder of Camden Councilís commitment to peace. The opening of the park was timed to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the Nagasaki Day by Mayor Barbra Hughes with Bruce Kent (CND). The Mayor of Camden sent a telegram to the Mayor of Nagasaki (Hitoshi Motoshima) who replied 'We hope your Peace Park will be remembered long as a symbol of Peace' which was read out at the opening ceremony while a thousand white balloons were released into the air. (Kilburn Times 17th August 1984). /// The Peace Crane sculptured by Hamish Black is a representation of the Japanese origami peace crane made by thousands of children all over the world. The metal insert on the plinth is the story of the little girl called Sadako & the origin of the crane as the Japanese symbol of peace. [On a boulder is Antony Gormley's statue "Untitled [Listening]."] As you walk along peace walk there are 7 stones inscribed with messages of peace from philosophers none more poignant than from the Mayor of Hiroshima (Takeshi Araki) in 1976: 'We the citizens of Hiroshima ever mindful of the cruel experience clearly foresee the extinction of mankind & an end to civilisation should the world drift into nuclear war. Therefore we have vowed to set aside our griefs & grudges and continuously pleaded before the peoples of the world to abolish weapons & renounce war so that we may never again repeat the tragedy of Hiroshima.'"
October 1984 - Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Created for Toronto's sesquicentennial. "Measures 60 square metres & consists of a small sculptured structure, an Eternal Flame of Peace, a pool, stone platforms & wall. In September 1984, His Holiness Pope John Paul II lit the flame using a torch ignited at the Hiroshima Peace Shrine & poured water into the pool that was taken from the river that flows through Nagasaki. The Peace Garden was formally dedicated a month later by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II." /// "The sundial, which was installed on Nathan Phillips Square in 1969, was designed by G.R. Johnson (in consultation with City Property Commissioner H.H. Rogers & architect John C. Parkin) and fabricated by F. Caruk, Master Welding Limited." Entry #1330 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).
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