Sunday, March 19, 2017

Installing the Peace Book Sculpture

©2017 Fiona Dempster - a sneak look at the Peace Book Sculpture through the maple tree
Strange the way tasks get done on the block. Fiona and I etched and made three large aluminium peace books about 10 months ago as a sculpture for our block. We planned to install them on a platform near the 'bridge' across the rock river below the house. Well many other things happened and the platform was not built. I purchased the timber a couple of months ago - still the platform was not built. But over the weekend I realised that I needed to move the timber out of the carport at the shed in preparation for a garage sale next week and open studio over easter. So instead of storing the timber around the back I decided to build the platform and install the Peace Book Sculpture.

A couple of photos of the building process on Saturday.

©2017 Fiona Dempster - Subframe in place with the first board being lined up - Fiona checking the lines from above.
©2017 Fiona Dempster  - Labourer hard at work
The start of the installation process this morning after overnight  rain. Fiona was giving excellent placement instructions from the top deck of the house.

©2017 Fiona Dempster  - The largest (80cm high) of the books lined up
©2017 Fiona Dempster - Layout chosen
After securing the books in place with brackets, screws and rivets the sculpture looks great from all angles.

©2017 Fiona Dempster  - Looking down on the secured books from the morning words corner
©2017 Fiona Dempster  - Through the wires on the bedroom deck
©2017 Barry Smith - Landscaping around the platform complete; and sun shining on the sculpture - the words are visible inside - "Peace is every step" TNH; "imagine peace"; and "dream peace".
So good to have this sculpture in place - it has now inspired Fiona and I to plan the next sculptures for the edges of the rock river. The platform will age; and the sculpture will patina.


  1. Barry thanks for the link back to the creation of your Peace book. I only recently found your blog so it was wonderful and informative to see how this all came about. What an amazing concept; both you and Fiona truly create peace in every step and I would add, beauty and wonder as well.

  2. oh, these are exceptional - now i need to go back and read more.

  3. Hi P, MC, M & MJ - thanks for dropping into the blog and sharing a comment - I love the small conversations with fellow artists and friends in the blog space. P - on one of your northern trips you and drop may and check it out? MC - a beautiful thing to have on the block for sure. M - love that you were able to reach back and see the start of this piece. Fiona and I enjoyed a true collaboration on this work of peace. MJ - and then just drop by to see them in person. All - go well and share peace as best we can in little ways. B


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