Friday, September 21, 2012

Of stone, fabric and peace

Today is International Day of Peace 2012.  This year amongst other peace related activities Fiona and I have joined Mary-Jane's Flags For Peace 2012 Project as a way of marking this day.

©2012 Barry Smith - Peace - a Peace in the Trees monolith
This morning we 'launched' our flags in our front yard. My flags are a little more traditional - pennant flags made by deconstructing the fabric of a rainbow umbrella.

©2012 Barry Smith - Peace flags fly proudly at 601 mvr (formerly an umbrella)
Fiona's flags took the form of peace weather grams - heaps of them which have been added to by people visiting our studio.

©2012 Barry Smith A tree of peace weather-grams on a cloudy peace morning
©2012 Barry Smith - Live peace weather-gram
Yesterday a working team of us from art4place installed the sculptures that make up Peace in the Trees at Maleny Retreat - fitting that we managed to get the installation in place the day before International Day of Peace.
©2012 Fiona Dempster - Installing Peace in the Trees
©2012 Fiona Dempster - Installing Peace in the Trees
©2012 Fiona Dempster -A peaceful leaf fragment
©2012 Fiona Dempster - A line of 3 of the 12 peace & nature sculptures in the trees
©2012 Fiona Dempster - A peace portal
©2012 Fiona Dempster - Radiating peace
©2012 Fiona Dempster - Love and peace
©2012 Fiona Dempster - Solace
We rounded off the day by gonging our peace bell.

©2012 Barry Smith - Peace bell rings peace across the valley and mountains
We hope that these little gestures might add to the ripples of peace as a way of travelling through this life and world.


  1. A touching post Barry. Each image is like a peace flag whether it's a carving in stone.... people working together in the name of peace.... trees festooned with messages and flags .....or a peace bell chiming sacred sound across a beautiful land.

  2. Wonderful, Barry... thanks for all you do!

  3. The ripples sent out by your gonging peace bell are being felt in CT. Thank you. I needed a bit of peace's been quite a week...or two.

  4. No doubt they are excellent peace messages. I also like Fiona Dempster.

  5. the work involved here is great - from the people who made the project happen to those who did the work on the stone... what a beautiful outdoor installation - they each have their own special quality...

  6. how lovely to put thought and action into the spirit of peace
    may it travel far and wide

  7. R, VA, J, L, SZQ, MJ & TL - thanks all for your peace comments - may they add even more to the ripples of peace. R- the team work certainly was a work of love and peace. J - glad the bell harmony reached CT and brought calm. L, SZQ, MJ and TL- the installation will make its own ongoing peace energy. All go well and may we continue to make peace in small ways. B

  8. That ... IS AMAZING!!! WOW!!! I'm lost for words ...


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