Making a Text-Only Peace Pole People keep telling me I should show more process shots.
Text-Only Peace Poles
A problem peace poles have is that people who know nothing about them often find them uninteresting. I put this one in a studio during an artwalk and people stopped and sometimes spent five or ten minutes looking at it, a few spent ten or fifteen. When they learned that the text was translations of "May peace prevail on earth" in many different languages they became even more interested.
This is a rough draft. I created it to flesh out the concept and see if anybody was interested. It's price would depend on the material being used and the size of the pole. If the translations were close to 4 ft long and the pole were 2 translations high, with a total of 18 languages in half inch stainless steel, the price could be in the neighborhood of $10,000. Steel would be a couple of thousand less if rust were preferred.
However, I just talked to an architect who expressed interest in a smaller version for her home garden. The total number of languages is yet to be determined. We spoke about 5, but the prototype at which she was looking has 9 or 10. A home garden would not need steel as thick as a park. At most it would need quarter inch, maybe even thinner. If the stainless could be thin enough and the base only a stake to hold it in the ground, and the languages she chose were not too difficult (some take a week to get right the first time), and the shipping is not included (she can pick it up), with 5 languages I told her it would be something over $1,000. It is off-season and some exploration is necessary to be sure.