Peace Monuments Dedicated in 2005
(60 years since Hiroshima & Nakasaki)
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April 2005 - "Building Commuinities of Peace for All," Chiang Mei (Thailand). Mural by Artists Ugatiahi Collective.
April 17, 2005 - International Peace Garden, Nicosia (Cyprus). One of many International Peace Gardens in different countries. Presented to Nicosia by Athens (Greece).
April 17, 2005 - Peace Dome, Peaceful Pathways Sanctuary, Copperopolis, California (USA). Off Highway 4 between Stockton and Angels Camp. "Dedicated to the promotion of peace in all its aspects: Peace in the world, Peace between groups, Peace between individuals, Peace with the environment, And that very important Inner Peace! Founder & Director Cheryl Canfield, CHT, is a wellness and life counselor, teacher of spiritual principles, author, therapeutic yoga instructor, peace proponent (inner as well as outer), nationally known inspirational speaker and workshop leader, and current President of Friends of Peace Pilgrim, co-compiler of "Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words," and compiler & editor of "Peace Pilgrim's Wisdom."
April 19, 2005 - "The Interpreter". Film starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn & Catherine Keener. Last film directed by Sydney Pollack. First movie ever filmed inside the UN General Assembly & Security Council chambers. According to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, "the intention was really to do something dignified, something that is honest & reflects the work that this Organization does. And it is with that spirit that the producers & the directors approached their work, & I hope you will all agree they have done that." Swords Into Plowshares, Knottted Gun & other peace monuments appear in many scenes.
May 1-6, 2005 - 5th International Conference of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) at the Gernika Peace Museum, Foru plaza,1. E 48300 Gernika-Lumo (Spain). Theme: "Peace Museums: A contribution to remembrance, reconciliation, art & peace."
May 4, 2005 - Peace Garden, York St. John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York (England). "The Japanese-style Peace Garden is a special haven & contains the 'Hiroshima' tree. The entrance gate is next to Chaplaincy." "Contains the Hiroshima Peace Tree which was grown from the seed of a tree which survived the Hiroshima bombing." Image shows Yukari Ino & Aya Tarutani with origami peace cranes in the Peace Garden." One of 13 sites on the MAW Peace Map of the British Isles as of January 2009.
May 5, 2005 - Holocaust Memorial, West Hills/John Bynon Park, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). Sandstone monolith inscribed: "REMEMBER. This memorial is dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews and all others who perished in World War II during the Holocaust, 1939-1945, millions of whom were deliberately and systematically selected, transported and put in death camps by the Nazis and their allies. It will remind us to oppose evil wherever it exists. Honored here also are the brave servicemen who liberated those camps and lovingly cared for the survivors. Never forget... May 5, 2005" /// "The 14-acre park has baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, several picnic shelters/gazebos & picnic tables. The park also features a Holocaust Memorial & access to the Jean Teague Greenway. It is adjacent to the West Hills YMCA & West Hills Elementary School."
May 12, 2005 - Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas / Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (Germany). "Field of Stelae" has 2,711 stelae.
May 15, 2005 - Welsh monument to Conscientious Objection, National Garden of Peace, Cardiff (Wales). Inscription: "If the right to life is the first of all human rights, being the one on which all other rights depend, the right to refuse to kill must be the second."
May 28, 2005 - Peace Pole, Rockport Park Peace Park, Janesville, Wisconsin (USA). From Wikipedia: "Perhaps the world's tallest Peace Pole, at 52 feet, is located in Janesville at the site of a KKK rally. The initial inspiration for planting Peace Poles often is as a response to a local issue like a KKK rally." This park also "includes a two-story Native American teepee with reproduced Peace paintings inside by Janesville's own Gary Gandy."
September 2005 - Granite Peace Pole, Peace Pole Park, Beech Acres Park, Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio (USA). About 12 miles east of Cincinnati. "A multi-ton granite peace pole that cost $65,000 with landscaping. By artist Joel Selmeier." From Wikipedia: "Another of the largest Peace Poles in the world, as measured in tons, is the granite Peace Pole in Beech Acres Park near Cincinnati, Ohio. The original inspiration for it was hate literature left in the driveways of Jewish residents." /// "Uncharacteristically does not have the message engraved on the pole itself. Instead the translations are on the six granite monoliths around it. On each of the monoliths the phrase "May peace prevail on earth" is engraved in a different language on each side for a total of twelve translations."
May 29, 2005 - Kushinagar World Peace Bell, Nirvana Temple, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh (India). Kushinagar is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site and where Gautama Buddha died. "Nirvana Temple is one of the most frequented amongst Buddhism shrines in the world."
June 11, 2005 - Peace Garden, Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA), Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF), 5616 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia (USA). "Peace trail, Tupac bronze statue that rises from a Gothic Cross Water Fountain, Maze of (with a Water fountain Centerpiece, Bricks Memorial, Peace Pavilions & Youth Gardens." /// Tupac Amaru Shakur [1971-1996] dealt with great obstacles such as homelessness, hunger, & pain, amongst other situations before his murder at the age of 25. He formally trained at the 127th Street Ensemble & Baltimore School for the Arts. Tupac was cast in several feature films & recorded several chart topping albums. He released the first ever double hip-hop CD. Today, he is still the second highest selling Hip-Hop artist of all time." Date? - Statue of Tupac Shakur, Herford (Germany).
June 2005 - Nobels Fredssenter / Nobel Peace Center, in old west-bound railway station, Oslo (Norway). Presents all Nobel Peace Prize laureates, arranges exhibitions, and tells the story of Alfred Nobel [1833-1896] and all the other Nobel prizes. Click here for Wikipedia article. Operated by Nobel Foundation (Stockholm) & Norwegian Nobel Institute (Oslo).
June 19, 2005 - Japanese Lantern, "Comely Bank," Ridge Historic District, Chicago, Illinois (USA). From International Friendship Garden of Rotary founder Paul P. Harris [1868-1947]. Reinstalled by Paul & Jean Harris Home Foundation (PJHHF) and dedicated by businessman Yoshio Gotoh and a Japanese delegation.
2005 - Rotary International Peace Park, RIM Park, Waterloo, Ontario (Canada).
2005 - Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Montgomery, Alabama (USA).
2005 - "Peace Not War" Mural, Highways Art Center, Olympic & 18th Street, Santa Monica, California (USA).
2005 - Memorial Cairn, between Dunscore Kirk & the village graveyard, Dunscore, Dumfries & Galloway (Scotland). Memorializes Jane Haining [1897-1944], Church of Scotland missionary, who worked with Jewish children in Budapest (Hungary) & was killed at Auschwitz (one of only ten Holocaust victims from Scotland.)
2005 - Bradford Peace Trail: A Walk Around Bradford, City of Peace, Bradford (England). Created by Bradford: City For Peace and The Peace Museum (qv). "A total of 29 different locations all with a story to tell." Click here for a 7-minute video of the trail on YouTube.
2005 - Parc Hibakusha, Université de Mons-Hainaut, Plaine de Nimy Chaussée de Bruxelles, Mons (Belgium). Text of sign: "In memory of the victims of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and nuclear tests." Park created by botanist Pierre Piérart [19___-2010], member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear Weapons (IPPNW). Park contains a stone for each nuclear weapons test. Information courtesy of Peter van den Dungen.
2005 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Globe, Cultural Plaza, Lake Worth, Florida (USA). "Designed in 2003 & completed in 2005. Original project was organized by the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club, & donations came from a variety of sources... The globe never worked as intended. Residents could manually spin the Globe, but it did not spin on its own, as originally designed. The instillation lacked a filter cartridge, causing the water to become dirty over time. Undersized plumbing & faulty pipes, among other flaws, contributed to the problem. All of these problems were addressed in the recent repairs... Quotes on each side of the Globe’s pedestal, by Martin Luther King Jr., have been re-etched for increased clarity. One side reads, 'We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Sooner or later all people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace.' Additionally, the entire Globe has been re-etched adding definition to all of the seven Continents."
2005 - Freethought Trail, Council for Secular Humanism, Amherst, New York (USA). "A collection of locations in west-central New York State important to the history of freethought. In the 19th century, [this area] was a hotbed of social, political & religious innovation. Fayetteville suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage [1826-1898] called religion the enemy of women. Writing from Elmira, Mark Twain [1835-1910] raised irreverence to an American art form. At Ithaca, Andrew Dickson White [1832-1918] co-founded Cornell University, the nation's first secular institution of higher learning. In 1848 reformers & freethinkers thronged Seneca Falls to demand new roles for women. Corning native Margaret Sanger [1879-1966] led the birth control movement. The birthplace museum of orator, political speechmaker & outspoken agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll [1833-1899] is in Dresden." The trail was wholly redesigned and expanded in 2009.
2005 - "Captured Africans," St. George's Quay, Lancaster (England). "Inaugurated in September 2002, STAMP (Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project) was an ambitious arts education outreach project which culminated in a permanent memorial to Lancaster's role in the slave trade in 2005." Lancaster was the UK's 4th largest slave port.
2005 - Four-sided Peace Poles at private homes in Michigan (USA). Pole at left (showing Polish & German) was planted in Traverse City in 2005. Pole at right (showing English) was planted at 163 Wythe Street, Pentwater (near Lake Michigan), about 1995.
July 2005 - Les Portes de la Paix / Gates of Peace, Peace Boulevard?, Hiroshma (Japan). By French artist Clara Halter. #52 of 56 "cenotaphs & monuments" on the Virtual E-Tour. Click here to see other peace monuments by Halter in Paris, St. Petersburg & Jerusalem. Photo by EWL.
July 9, 2005 - Monument in memory of Anne Frank, Merwedeplein Square, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Anne Frank [1929-19458] lived on the Merwedeplein from 1933 to 1942. In 2004, bookseller Gert-Jan Jimmink proposed a monument. It was sculpted by local sculptor Jet Schepp.
July 12, 2005 - Peace Pilgrim Park, London Street, Egg Harbor City, New Jersey (USA). Across from the Roundhouse Museum in the hometown of "Peace Pilgrim" Mildred Lisette Norman [1908-1981]. Maintained by the Friends of Peace Pilgrim in her memory. Quotation on sign: "Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth and hatred with love." Left image shows Peace Pilgrim's sister Helene Young with the statue of Peace Pilgrim. See other statue in Costa Rica. Click herefor more information.
August 9, 2005 - Commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the non-use of nuclear weapons (60th anniversary of Nagasaki) at the International Friendship Bell, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA). Led by Rev. R. Boyd Carter, Chapel on the Hill (far right). Attended by Dr. Alvin Weinberg (in wheelchair) and other nuclear scientists. Shikego Uppuluri plays the koto. Elise Campbell plays the flute.
August 15, 2005 - Peace Marker Japan, Point of Peace #5, "Bells of Peace" Plaza, Hitbachi, Ibariki (Japan). One of eight Worldwide Peace Markers. Image shows "Bells of Peace" Plaza.
August 2005 - "Science On a Sphere" (SOS)®, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, Colorado (USA). A room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Now installed at many locations worldwide. A patent was awarded to NOAA for "Science On a Sphere"® in August 2005, with Dr. Alexander "Sandy" MacDonald credited as the inventor.
September 11, 2005 - Peace Garden, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Falls Church, Virginia (USA). "Eleven Peace Poles create a dramatic entrance into the sacred space. Christian and Muslim faith communities, as well as public and private schools, participated in the creation of the unique poles. The Peace Poles are crafted of various media and incorporate into their design symbols of peace from many different cultures." One of 100 "sacred spaces" created by the TKF Foundation 1996-2008.
September 11, 2005 - World Peace Bell, Motohama Ryokuchi Park, Amagasaki, Hyougo Prefecture (Japan), near Osaka. One of 20 WPB's placed in 16 different countries by the World Peace Bell Associaton (WPBA). Images courtesy of WPBA.
October 9, 2005 - "Japanese Belfry & Friendship Bell, Hulsey Woods, Birgingham Botanical Gardens (BBG), 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, Alabama (USA). "A [Rotary] Centennial Twin Club project between the Rotary Club of Shades Valley, Alabama, [and] the Rotary Club of Osaka Central Japan. The objective of the project is to promote world peace, friendship & understanding through the exposure to an authentic Japanese bell housed in a traditional style Japanese belfry. The Rotary Club of Osaka Central donated the bell & designed the architectural plans for the belfry."
October 16, 2005 - Statue of Tommie Smith & John Carlos, San Jose State University (SJSU), San Jose, California (USA). By political artist Rigo 23. Shows Smith & Carlos protesting conditions for US blacks on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Inscription on plaque: "At the Mexico City 1968 Olymjpic Games, San Jose State University Student-Athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos Stood for Justice, Dignity, Equality and Peace. Hereby the University and Associated Students Commemorate Their Legacy."
Fall 2005 - Four-sided Peace Pole on driveway of a private home, George Williams Road, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). This pole has "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in English, Espagnol / Spanish, Français / French & Tsalagi / Cherokee. Photo by EWL.
Fall 2005 - Totempole, Nagasaki (Japan). From St. Paul, Minnesota (USA) for 50th anniversary of sister city relationship. Dedication attended by mayor of St. Paul and many US Rotarians. Made by Ray Lefto, Master Wood Carver, who wrote, "We carved the pole as a whole and seperatly carved the American Eagle, wings and beeks."
October 14, 2005 - Dayton International Peace Museum, Pollack House, Dayton. Ohio (USA). Founded by Christine & Ralph Dull. Director is Steve Fryburg. Click here for Wikipedia article. Associated with the Future Energy & Conservation Center, Dull Homestead, Brookville, Ohio. Late 2005 - Dove and Gandhi on billboard for Dayton International Peace Museum, Ludlow at Fifth Street (facing southbound traffic), Dayton, Ohio (USA).
November 6, 2005 - Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Yamuna River, New Delhi (India). Click here for the Wikipedia article.
November 8, 2005 - Parkdale World Peace Monument & Fountain, next to Parkdale branch, Toronto Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West, Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Globe designed by Peter Dykhuis.
November 12, 2005 - "VREDE IS COOL," reception hall, IKV/Pax Christi, Hoog Catharijne Shopping Centre, Godebaldkwartier 74, Utrecht (Netherlands). Has sayings about peace, e.g. "Vrede is vliegen / Peace is flying," "Vrede is verbondenheid / Peace is connectedness." Painted by 7 young refugees from Utrecht Asylum Seekers Centre tutored by artist Senad Alic from Serbia-Montenegro & theatre designer Majid Hassan from Sudan, working for the National Foundation for the Promotion of Happiness in Amsterdam. Information & image courtesy of Gerard Lössbroek. IKV (Interchurch Peace Council) established in 1966 by 9 churches.
November 19, 2005 - Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, Kentucky (USA). Exhibits Ali's core values on respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, charity, and spirituality. "Hope and Dream" exhibit is composed of over 5,000 tiles with drawings and paintings from children from 141 countries, telling what they want to be when they grow up. The "Global Voices" exhibit asks questions to both children and adults from around the world with answers submitted through a variety of media, such as drawings and poems.
November 19, 2005 - Memorial to Deserters, Lehrertal entrance, university botanical garden, Ulm (Germany). Creation of Hannah Stuetz Menzel. Memorializes the men who deserted the Wehrmacht during World War II (15,000 men were executed). Visited by EWL.
December 2005 - Föreningen Peace Museum, Uppsala Castle basement, Uppsala (Sweden). "Sweden's only peace museum! Dedicated to the memory of Dag Hammarskjöld [1905-1961], Sweden’s first Secretary General of the United Nations, who lived in the castle as a child. Housed in the old 1500's vaults is a contemporary exhibition, Fred & Krig / Peace & War. It takes up major issues concerning war, peace, threats, hatred & conflict in the world. In Sweden, we can look back on an almost 200-year period of peace." Associated with the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP).
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