Peace Pole Home Page
I am redesigning. I must have made 20 prototypes that I don't like well enough to show here yet. The limestone peace pole will remain the same. The other peace poles I've stopped making. I want peace poles to be better. I'm working on it.
How to choose, install, landscape & dedicate peace poles designed for easy installation and no maintenance.
Installing: Made easy.
Dedicating: Example ceremonies.
Landscaping: Highten the impact.
Translations: 156 choices.
If you cannot find something that used to be here, get in touch. Some things are disappearing to make way for what's coming next, but still are available if you ask for them.
My Work: I make peace poles out of materials that exude substance and endurance. And I make them wider and taller to give them "presence" to legitimize the message.
Peace poles take 3 to 10 weeks to create depending on the size and material. Limestone takes 10 weeks. Metal takes 6 weeks. For a rush charge things can be made to happen more quickly. Usually I can make deadlines whenever they are.
A note from my blog:
On the phone someone was testing me about who I was to be making peace poles and what my work was like. Which is legitimate. I understand that and don't mind it. But one of the questions she asked was whether I had a peace pole in my own yard. Later I repeated the question to my wife and we had a good laugh. I told the woman on the phone that at that moment I had three by my front door, five around back, several in my basement, and others in my garage. . . I make prototypes that I want to watch weather over the years. Some I hide behind trees where I won't see them for months at a time so that the changes will be noticeable for not having been seen happening gradually. Others I put where I will see them constantly. . . I want to see them outside from a distance. I want to see them at night, and in the morning before the sun hits them, and at noon when the light is blinding. I need to walk around the corner and happen to notice one across the yard while I'm not thinking about them to see how they strike me. Sometimes I look up and think, "Maybe I should try . . . " and then I make a new design.
Peace poles are a tradition that began 60 years ago. Since then more than 300,000 have been planted everywhere from the North Pole to the Gaza Strip - often in ceremonies at which they have been dedicated by everyone from President Jimmy Carter to Mother Theresa. They are not responses to any specific armed conflict. As there are monuments to war, these are monuments to peace.
Usually peace poles are purchased by non-profit groups and "planted" in parks or at schools or churches. Some also go to private gardens at people's homes. I made one for a family designing a garden around their peace pole for their daughter's wedding. Quite a few have been given as gifts, sometimes from a scout troop or a graduating class after a period of fund raising. Sometimes to a soldier as a homecoming gift.
Sometimes years are spent fund raising, as described in a newspaper article (on another site) about a peace pole erected by a school needing a place to grieve after a tragedy. They built a round plaza on their front lawn (photo) with places to sit around the limestone peace pole in the center of it.
Broad community support is common for these efforts, as shown in this newspaper article (on this site).
International Day of Peace:
September 21 is the United Nation’s International Day of Peace. The people who promote it say it is celebrated by someone in almost every country.
Do It Yourself: How to make your own peace pole.