This is the United States Institute of Peace. It is located at 2301 Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. 20037. It was built in 1984 on the last peace of land available on the mall. It is a federal project, created by our government. So it is ours.
Their website (https://www.usip.org/) says, "USIP is America’s nonpartisan institute to promote national security and global stability by reducing violent conflicts abroad. Our staff guide peace talks and advise governments; train police and religious leaders; and support community groups opposing extremism—all to help troubled countries solve their own conflicts peacefully."
I was asked seven questions about peace poles and art and creativity. The journalist who posed them to me posted the answers at this link. The questions include:
How is one of your peace poles born?
How can a peace pole benefit and function in someone’s garden? In a public space?
It's an upbeat look at more information about peace poles.
Four-foot-long translations of "May peace prevail on earth" in half inch steel for a peace pole that will be comprised of nothing but 40 translations welded together. Since this only is a prototype, it isn't stainless.
Languages shown, top to bottom, are: Yiddish (Latin alphabet version), Spanish and French
Since Google has put me in the position of needing to have more than one basket of eggs, I am making some art that is not peace poles. Like the mobile below.
Someone who saw it said that it should be accompanied by a voice over of Vincent Price from the movie "The Pit and The Pendulum." So it has be dubbed the Guillotine Mobile.
The chain of "C" shaped hooks I cut out of half inch steel. The blade is quarter inch steel. I made it during June and July of 2017. It is on display at the Pendleton Art Center, the largest number of artists under one roof anywhere in the world (according to the Guinness Book of Records).
The title could change from time to time
There is a story behind the "Peace, Dude" name of this blog. It was a joke that became a solution. I wrote more about that in the middle of a page on this site called "About the Artist."
Briefly, it talks about my desire to create a peace pole that is more lighthearted. Then, without thinking about that, for a joke I shipped one that, instead of "May peace prevail on earth" just said "Peace, Dude" in four languages. It made so many people smile that it gained a life of its own and now is the name of this blog.