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11 Peace Monuments Dedicated in 2017


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January 1, 2017 - "HOLLYWeeD," Mount Lee, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (USA). "A prankster around 3 am on Sunday morning draped tarps over the iconic "HOLLYWOOD" sign, transforming the O's in 'WOOD' into lowercase e's...[and] nestling a peace sign & the drawing of a heart into the bottom right corners of the two letters..." His intent was more likely to invoke marijuana than any serious message about peace.

Monday, January 2, 2017 - "Monday's Monument" #89 = Der Rufer / The Caller, Tiergarten, Berlin (Germany). First peace monument selected & posted in 2017 by SAPC webmaster Susan Ives, San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC), San Antonio, Texas (USA), in a continuous weekly series started on Monday, May 4, 2015. NB: "Monday's Monuments" are displayed on individual web pages & are thus difficult to visit in serial order. Ms. Ives & the SAPC offer no comprehensive guide to this impressive colleciton (so far as I can tell). Click here/a> for more about Ms. Ives.


January 10, 2017 - United States Diplomacy Center Pavilion (USDC), Washington, DC (USA). "US Secretary of State John F. Kerry, joined by former Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright, Colin L. Powell & Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivered remarks at a reception celebrating the completion of the US Diplomacy Center Pavilion. The event took place at the new Diplomacy Center Pavilion at the Department of State, located at the State Departmentís 21st Street Entrance. The US Diplomacy Center will be a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art museum & education center dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy. Visitors will explore the role of diplomacy through interactive exhibits, compelling artifacts, hands-on education programs & diplomatic simulations."


January 12, 2017 - Reconstruction Era National Monument, Beaufort County, South "Carolina (USA). "Commemorates a post-Civil War community of freed slaves [the Penn Center]" & possibly the Brick Baptist Church, the Robert Smalls house, the site at the Naval Hospital in Port Royal (where the Emancipation Proclamation was read publicly to great fanfare on New Yearís Day 1863), and the old firehouse in downtown Beaufort." /// One of 5 new national monuments decreed at the same time by outgoing President Barak Obama under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

January 12, 2017 - Freedom Riders National Monument, Anniston, Alabama (USA). "Includes the Greyhound Bus station where a bus carrying an interracial group of activists was attacked in 1961." /// One of 5 new national monuments decreed at the same time by outgoing President Barak Obama under the Antiquities Act of 1906. ///

January 12, 2017 - Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Birmingham, Alabama (USA). "Includes portions of the Historic Birmingham Civil Rights District, including the A.G. Gaston Motel, the neighboring Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the 16th Street Baptist Church (where four black girls were killed in a KuKluxKlan bombing in 1963), Bethel Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the Colored Masonic Temple, St. Paul Lutheran Church & portions of the 4th Avenue Business District." /// One of 5 new national monuments decreed at the same time by outgoing President Barak Obama under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

February 7, 2017 Anti-War Sculpture, Dresden (Germany). "Right wing protesters have taken to the streets against the sculpture consisting of three passenger buses placed vertically in the air. The upturned vehicles are meant to resemble a sniper barricade in Aleppo (Syria). They are being put into place ahead of the annual memorial of the allied bombing of Dresden in World War Two. Dresden mayor Dirk Hilbert was booed as he formally inaugurated the sculpture... Thirty-two-year-old Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni [said] that [his] monument is intended to represent 'peace, freedom and humanity.' 'There is no other political message,' he said. 'It's a peace memorial, a modern Statue of Liberty.' He said the point of the sculpture was to inspire hope - in Dresden & Aleppo - while making the point that 'life goes on, despite all the destruction.' But Dresden's far-right anti-Islamic Pegida movement has described the project as idiotic, an abuse of artistic freedom & an attack on their identity... An estimated 25,000 people died in the British & American attack of Dresden which started on 13 February 1945, creating a firestorm that left 33 sq km (12 sq miles) of the city in ruins." GERMANY SYRIA ANTI-WAR

March 7, 2017 - "Fearless Girl," Bowling Green Park, New York City, New York (USA). "In Manhattan's Financial District. A a bronze sculpture of a defiant girl by Kristen Visbal. Installed by State Street Global Advisors across from "Charging Bull" [aka the Wall Street Bull] another bronze, on the eve of International Women's Day. Meant to 'send a message' about workplace gender diversity & encourage companies to recruit women to their boards. The sculpture's installation is temporary [but] is expected to stay in place at least several weeks. It was initially given a New York City Hall permit for one week, later extended to 30 days. A petition on change.org asking for the statue to be made permanent gathered 2,500 signatures in its first 48 hours." NYC WOMEN CHILDREN LABOR HOLIDAYS

March 8, 2017 - Friedensstatue / Comfort Women Monument, Nepal Himalaya Pavillon, Wiesent, Regensburg District, Bavaria (Germany). First comfort women statue in Europe. "Present at the [dedication] ceremony were some 100 local German officials as well as representatives from South Koreaís Suwon city government & civic groups from South Korea... Yonhap [News Agency] said there are currently over 40 comfort women statues erected in & outside of South Korea, including in the USA, Canada, Australia & China. Suwon city had initially agreed with Freiburg, another German city, last July to set up a comfort woman statue there, but the plan was scuttled apparently due to 'strong obstruction & pressure' by Japan, according to Yonhap." Information courtesy of Gerard LŲssbroek.

March 11, 2017 - Hariet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center, Church Creek, Eastern Shore, Maryland (USA). "A $21 million project that commemorates Tubmanís journey, from slave to Underground Railroad 'conductor' &, later in life, Civil War scout, spy & nurse. Sitting on 17 acres, the center will be part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a 125-mile self-guided driving tour that wends through 36 significant sites along the Eastern Shore." A partnership of the National Park Service & the Maryland State Park Service, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. "Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park is a new park contained within the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Monument."

March 14, 2017 - Monument to students mobilized during the Battle of Okinawa, Peace Memorial Park, City of Itoman, Okinawa (Japan). "Former members of mobilized student units attended the unveiling ceremony & expressed hope that future generations will learn about the horrors of war from the new monument. During the battle, close to 2,000 students from 21 junior high & other schools in Okinawa were enlisted to transport goods & give nursing care for Imperial Japanese soldiers. About half of the students are said to have lost their lives in the battle. While the story of the Himeyuri Student Nurse Corps made up of young women from two girlsí schools in Okinawa are known outside Japan, the history of students mobilized from other schools is not..."

March 2017 - Lynching Memorial, Warren Temple United Methodist Church, LaGrange, Georgia (USA). Inspired by lynching in 1940 of Austin Callaway who "was commemorated in January 2017 at a reconciliation service at [this church]." GEORGIA LYNCHING RECONCILIATION

Monday, December 26, 2017 - "Monday's Monument" #140 = To be announced. = Last peace monument selected & posted in 2017 by SAPC webmaster Susan Ives, San Antonio Peace Center (SAPC), San Antonio, Texas (USA), in a continuous weekly series started on Monday, May 4, 2015. NB: "Monday's Monuments" are displayed on individual web pages & are thus difficult to visit in serial order. Ms. Ives & the SAPC offer no comprehensive guide to this impressive colleciton (so far as I can tell). Click here/a> for more about Ms. Ives.

==== N.B.: Following monuments were announced for 2016 but have not yet been confirmed. ====

Date? 2016 - Ashgabat International Airport, Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). Shaped like a peace dove. TURKMENISTAN

2016? - Statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, Manchester (England). "Emmeline Pankhurst has won the vote to be the subject of the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Manchester for over 100 years. She received more than half of the 5,301 votes cast in an online poll. Mrs Pankhurst was a leading British women's rights activist who led the movement to win the right for women to vote & is widely considered to have been the most influential woman of the twentieth century."

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Future - "The International Peace Garden's iconic 120-foot tower has symbolized peace between the United States and Canada since the 1980s, but soon a new monument will be the centerpiece of the garden. A new concept, titled Interwoven, was chosen from six entries to replace the iconic tower, which is slated for demolition this winter. GPP Architecture of Winnipeg submitted the winning design."


Future - Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda, Newport, Tennessee (USA). Under construction by Atlanta Dojo, Nipponzan Myohoji. Right image shows the existing Teramori House & larger Forest House. Click here for speech delivered at the Ceremony for the Enshrinement of Sacred Relics on October 8, 2011.

August 1, 2014 - Construction volunteer Ralph Hutchison, Coordinator of Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA), during concrete pouring for the Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda while wearing a "Presente!" t-shirt he designed in 2000 for School of the Americas Watch protests at Fort Benning, Georgia.

2015? - Peace-building and Conflict Resolution Centre (PbCRC), near Lisburn (Northern Ireland). At site of Maze Prison (used to house paramilitary prisoners during the "Troubles" from mid-1971 to mid-2000). "Maze Peace Building" by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind who designed Berlinís Jewish Museum "& several other conflict-inspired buildings."

2015? - Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR), University of Essex, Essex (England). "World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind has been chosen to design a landmark building in the UK to house a new international institute working towards democracy and conflict resolution around the globe. The new Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR) at the University of Essex will build on the Universityís 40 years of practical and academic expertise in the field of human rights, justice and governance, and become an international beacon for democracy. It will be the largest purpose-built institute for independent research and policy analysis in these areas, drawing on Essexís experience as the top ranked University in the UK for social science research. Daniel Libeskind, who won the competition to design the master plan for the new World Trade Center site in New York, has designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, and the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen. He received a Masterís degree in the history and theory of architecture at the University of Essex in the 1970s..." /// "Following the news in 2010 that Daniel Libeskind was to design a 'landmark' building for the UKís University of Essex, it has been announced that the plans have been abandoned. What was known as the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR) 'was intended to become the "anchor" to a new Knowledge Gateway research park at the universityís Colchester Wivenhoe Campus.' According to a spokesman, 'the IDCR ceased to operate as a separate institute from 31 July 2013' resulting in the proposed building being shelved."

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Future - Mosaic peace sculpture, Oak Cliff, Texas (USA). "Fifteen years after a stranger was shot and killed in front of her home, artist & Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Karen Blessen is still spreading peace through art with her non-profit organization, 29 Pieces. Blessen has just finished the summer sessions for Piece 24, a workshop for high school students to collaborate on model sculptures. Working with the themes of respect & compassion, Piece 24 is a public art project that will put a three-dimensional, 16-foot-tall mosaic sculpture in Oak Cliff."


Future - Jordan River Peace Park - Lower Jordan River (Israel & Jordan). "Six miles south of the Sea of Galilee... Includes the Old Gesher compound, three historic bridges dating from the Roman Byzantine, Ottoman & British periods, a 14th-century inn from the Mamluk period, the Peace Island [sic], the abandoned Palestine Electric Company hydroelectric power plant, a British police station, an Ottoman customs house & an historic train station & railway.. Said to be the first peace park in the Middle East."

Future - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Monument, Garden of Nations, UN University of Peace, Cuidad Colon (Costa Rica). "Liberian youth have initiated a project to erect a monument of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the Garden of Nations on the campus of the University of Peace in Costa Rica, in Central America. The initiative is dubbed: "Put Ma Ellen There!" The Garden honors prominent citizens of the world who, in their own ways, have contributed to the ideals of world peace. According to an Executive Mansion release, the youth said the level of transformation that the country has experienced since Madam Sirleaf's presidency, especially youth development and the improvement of Liberia's image abroad, are just a few of the many reasons driving their proposal. The youth pointed out that if President Sirleaf's monument is erected in the Garden of Nations of the University of Peace, she will be the first sitting President ever to have one placed there. Former President Eduardo Montalva of Chile is the only President among nineteen peace advocates whose monument is in the Garden, for his role in building world peace."


August 29, 2013? - Munich Massacre Memorial, Yud Alef Square, Tel Aviv (Israel). Commomorates massacre of 11 Israeli atheletes at the Munich Olympic Games on September 5, 1972. Photo by Dr. Avishai Teicher. (Yud-Alef is used in Hebrew numerals used to represent the number 11.)

Fall 2012? - "The Dialogue Iconostasis for World Peace," Sagrado Corazon 14, Colonia San Antonio, Cieneguita (Mexico). Four kilometers from center of San Miguel de Allende. A large curved wall of icons commemorating teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, Muhammed, Copernicus & Confucius, displaying an array of deities & symbols, 40 prayer wheels & more. Measures 3.35 meters by 10.5 meters (11 feet by 32 feet). The work of iconographer Mary Jane Miller, painting in egg tempera, & her husband, Valentin Gomez, whose hammered silver adorns the work. "A destination for quiet reflection. Invites us all to step thru the boundary separating the human from the divine & encourages all your members to listen again to the eternal truths which hold the keys to peace on earth." Now available to be seen at any time, but a permanent home is being sought in Mexico, e.g the expo center in Guanajuato or a newly constructed space for groups to meet in which would be dedicated in the Fall of 2012. Information courtesy of Mary Jane Miller.


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December 2012? - Global Peacebuilding Center (GPC), US Institute of Peace (USIP), 23rd Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (USA). Formerly called Public Education Center (PEC). Official ground breaking for new USIP headquarters building took place June 5, 2008, twenty-four years after the creation of USIP. The facility will consist of a training center for professional conflict managers, conference space for public and private meetings, office space for USIP staff, and a 20,000 square foot PEC. Building was opened & space for the GPC completed in 2011, and the space was completely empty when left image made on Nov. 1, 2011. Entry #1169 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001). Discussed by Tom Flores (2008). Click here for the Wikipedia article.

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"Before 2011" but postponed - Armenian Genocide Museum of America (AGMA), 615-14th Street, NW, Washington, DC (USA). "Will be the premier institution in the USA dedicated to educating American and international audiences about the Armenian Genocide and its continuing consequences. Visitors will come to understand the Armenian Genocide as the prototype for modern crimes against humanity, including the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Darfur." See Video & Website.

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2012? - Desmond Tutu Peace Centre & Museum, Roggebaai, Cape Town (South Africa). Will include a Peace Table by George Nakashima (qv). Archbishop Desmond Tutu received the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize.

Late 2013? - Womens Suffrage Monument, Nashville, Tennessee (USA). "Alan LeQuire has been hired to do the Nashville one, and I want him to do Memphis' also." Information courtesy of Paula Casey, Memphis, TN, 21July 2013.
Late 2013? - Womens Suffrage Monument, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee (USA). "I am spearheading a monument in Memphis also. The 19th Amendment passed in Nashville due to a united Shelby County delegation." Information courtesy of Paula Casey, Memphis, TN, 21July 2013.

Late 2013? - Womens Suffrage Monument, Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). " Wanda Sobieski has been responsible for the first one in Knoxville and is working to get another one by Alan LeQuire of Harry Burn [1895-1977] and his mother, Febb Ensminger Burn. Knoxville will have two" Information courtesy of Paula Casey, Memphis, TN, 21July 2013.
Late 2013? - Womens Suffrage Monument, Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA). "We are hoping to get a monument in Chattanooga." Information courtesy of Paula Casey, Memphis, TN, 21July 2013.

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2014? - Peace Museum, Attari (India). Also see http://www.museumofpeace.com/ . From Times of India, May 8, 2013: "A peace museum celebrating divided Punjab's shared architectural, cultural & culinary heritage is coming up at Attari near the India-Pakistan border. The double-story museum spread over 6,000 sq feet is expected to be opened early next year and will showcase items aimed at dispelling myths & promoting peace. 'It will help the youth understand the strong bonds their elders shared before the partition,'' said Amanbir Jaspal, 27 [top image], the brains behind the fusion museum. In answer to a question, he said it is not going to be a holocaust museum revolving around bloodshed during the partition. 'Instead it will display strong bonds different communities shared before the partition,'' said Jaspal, a post-graduate from the Norwegian School of Economics. 'It will help people forget the past and move ahead by touching hearts.' It was while escorting friends and relatives to the beating Retreat Ceremony at the Wagah border [click here for video] that he was struck, and troubled, by the jingoism and near hysterical nationalist fervour on display that he found out of sync with the camaraderie and bonhomie he experienced on his visits to Lahore. This led to questions about the partition of India, its terrible aftermath and lingering consequences, and to the realisation that the region does not even have a memorial to one of the most cataclysmic events of the sub-continent - the partition of India. It was this yearning for peace and friendship, particularly among the youth on both sides of border that gave birth to the idea of a Peace Museum, says his father D. S. Jaspal (contact him with inquiries or comments at dsjaspal@sify.com)... The recently established Sarhad [middle image] is a food and culture park, barely 1.5 kms from the border on the Amritsar-Attari national highway... Pakistan's internationally acclaimed truck artist Haider Ali has painted two Indian mini trucks at Sarhad [bottom image], which also boasts some exquisitely designed furniture and ceramic screens created by master craftsmen from Lahore. The Peace Museum design takes inspiration from buildings in Amritsar and Lahore's walled cities. The brickwork, parapet design has been borrowed from old buildings of Lahore while floor patterns from Amritsar's Golden Temple and Dera Sahib Gurdwara. The museum will have three sections - 'saada Punjab' (our Punjab),''sada-tuhada Punjab' (our and your Punjab) and 'umeedan-da-Punjab' (Punjab of Hopes). It is aimed at creating a sequence of events for the visitors to understand the pre and post-partition Punjab."


2014 - Peace Memorial, Veroli (Italy). 99 kilometres southeast of Rome. "Emphasizes the ties between Italy & United Nations (UN) member countries while recognizing the UN's values of peace & brotherhood. The Government of Italy invited UN member states to contribute to a peace memorial that is to be fashioned from mineral samples. The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Development, today highlighted Canada's contribution of an exceptionally rare piece of Canadian granite to be featured in a new Peace Memorial being constructed in Italy. 'Canada is proud to be part of Italy's new Peace Memorial,' said Minister Oliver. 'Our contribution underscores our commitment to freedom & democracy. It will stand as a lasting symbol of Canada's vast natural resources.' As minerals represent a country's geography, terrain and resources, Natural Resources Canada selected a specimen of granite from the Acasta Gneiss, an outcrop in the Northwest Territories that forms part of the Canadian Shield, the geological core of the North American continent. With an estimated age of 4.2 billion years, the Acasta Gneiss is the Earth's oldest known rock. This is the first time that Canada has sent a sample of rock from the Canadian Shield for use in a UN-related project. Since its inception in 1945, the UN has built over 2,000 peace monuments in order to preserve the memory of an event in a physical & permanent way [sic]." UN COLLECTIONS ITALY 2014 RECORDS

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2012 - Voted down! - World Peace Monument, Gfoehl (Austria). "VIENNA (AFP): A small Austrian town will carry out a public survey on a planned Buddhist stupa billed as Europe's biggest 'world peace monument' after some locals expressed unease, the mayor said on Wednesday [Dec. 14, 2011]. // The town council in Gfoehl in northern Austria decided on late Tuesday to carry out a public consultation in February on whether they are in favour of the stupa, set to be 37m high and 25m in diametre. // 'We plan to listen to what people have to say and then the council will decide,' Mayor Karl Simlinger told AFP, saying 21 members of the 23-member body supported the project. // 'There have been a few letters in favour and against, but on the whole people are in favour... This is something that would be good for tourism and the economy in Gfoehl.' Next to the monument in the eastern outskirts of the town will be a 600 sq m building with accommodation for monks and nuns as well as meditation rooms, according to planners." /// Image published with story but appears to be illustrative only.

Future - Peace Corps memorial, First & C Streets, NW, Washington, DC (USA). "To honor fallen Peace Corps Volunteers. Proposed by National Park Service. On Nov. 15, 2014, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission that covers that little patch of land voted unanimously against the memorialís placement there. The group isnít against the idea of the memorial, they just want to protect their pocket park, says ANC 6C commissioner Daniele Schiffman. 'I can see how the Park Service would think itís a good thing to put memorials all over our neighborhood, but we want to preserve open space,' she says." /// Click here for monument website. /// Click here for Wikipedia article. /// Image shows the proposed site.

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Future - National Museum of American Diplomacy, George C. Marshall Wing, US Department of State, Washington, DC (USA). "Plans are nearing their final stages, & designers went crazy in drawing up the interior display panels for the new US Diplomacy Center: Renderings show Richard Serra-like display panels for Hall I. According to the project narrative, these 'U-shaped enclosures [will] receive visitors to the Department & the world of diplomacy.' It's like soft power in museum form! According to a pre-solicitation just posted by the GSA, the whole shebang is budgeted somewhere between $18 & $24 million." [Washington City Paper, May. 17, 2011] /// "There arenít many things that unite every living former Secretary of State, pundits & academics, Republicans & Democrats, as well as AFSA & State Department management. One thing that does is the 'United States Diplomacy Center,' the museum of American diplomacy that currently has a staff of seven working on plans, over $1.0 million in dedicated private funding sitting in the bank & 20,000 square feet of vacant prime space in the newly renovated east wing of the Main State building, all just waiting to be used. And waiting, and waiting, and waiting..." [Anthony Holmes, Foreign Service Journal (FSJ), American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), May 2007] /// "The diplomatic museum concept has been around for at least 12 years, yet very little has happened. In the meantime, the Marine Corps built a snazzy museum at Quantico and, I hear, the Army is about to break ground on a new museum at Fort Belvoir. What is it that prevents the State Department from making this happen? A museum at State is a great idea and long overdue..." [Douglas R. Keene, Foreign Service Journal (FSJ), American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), July-August 2007] /// "We are working with management to increase public awareness of our profession, such as fuller use of the oral history project & projects related to the creation of a Foreign Service museum." [Daniel Hirsch, Foreign Service Journal (FSJ), American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), June 2011] /// Bottom image shows site as of November 1, 2011, with no evidence of any museum construction.


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