Friday, August 6, 2010

Hiroshima Peace - Giveaway

Today we celebrate the possibility of peace. It is Hiroshima day. On this day in Hiroshima the Peace Bell is gonged to send out peaceful vibrations and to remind us that bombs are not the answer.

I spent the afternoon at the outside work bench creating quite a few foldformed pieces that hopefully will be exhibited in a new gallery. However Fiona and I had agreed that we would gong our Japanese temple-peace bell at dusk to also send out peace vibes. This got me thinking about creating a small Hiroshima Peace bowl.

As you can see from the photos above I made a small foldform palm bowl with the message Peace - No Bombs. Because I think it has a Japanese temple look about it I think it creates another connection with Hiroshima. It is also a bit rustic and made from a piece of brass jardiniere.
I have decided to send this bowl into the world. So if you'd like to have it in your house then post a comment or quote about peace in response to this peace post. Next Friday I will randomly select one of the 'commenters'; announce the recipient; and send the bowl to them. We did gong our bell at dusk.


  1. "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, and to match your nature with Mother Nature", by Joseph Campbell,
    ...and I think in this way, we could achieve Peace.

  2. i've been reading for some time, you give me a very good reason to post, peace and a bowl. immediately i thought of how i made a choice to not allow my own children to have toy guns. they were given lessons in how to use a gun (by my nephew, a wildlife biologist). i now have two grown children, who are peacemakers, artists actually, and who reach out in kindness rather than hatred. a little bit of peace.

  3. Barry - like you engraved on it, "no bombs" is a certain answer. Cathy W

  4. "And so it's important to try to be senders of peace."

    Desmond Tutu

    I like this one - the idea and image of each of us being senders of peace - I want to parcel peace up and pop it in the post to each person in the world!

  5. the very act of kindness can unprison you.....

  6. Lee Oldford ChurchillAugust 11, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Hi from Calgary Barry! One of my favorite quotes: "Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war."
    -- Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

  7. What happens to people when a city is bombed: Part of them goes away into the sky, and part of them goes into the earth. Los Prietos, Jan. 1944
    Can you show me a good war? I felt some peace thinking of you ringing the bell at dusk.

  8. All - Great to see the variety of thoughts and quotes coming forth. And a lovely international connection. Thanks. Barry

  9. It's quite interesting that the recipient of this art work with a hope for peace will be decided today,on August 13. We, Japanese, have a tradition that we believe the spirits of our ancestors will get home during this time of the year, so we go to our temple and bring them home on August 13 (we take them back to the temple on August 16). I wished for peace deeply when I went to our temple to do the rite mentioned above this morning.


Comments are welcomed - it is good to connect with fellow travellers.