Peace Poles

Peace Poles that I have made are everywhere from Tanzania to Hawaii. They are not a response to any particular armed conflict. There are so many monuments to war. These are monuments to peace.

Peace Poles are a tradition that began 50 years ago and have spread to every country on earth. More than 300,000 have been "planted," which is how it is expressed with peace poles. Usually they are planted with ceremonies at which they have been dedicated by everyone from President Jimmy Carter to Mother Theresa and in places as diverse as the magnetic north pole and the Gaza Strip.

Typically they are purchased by non-profit groups and planted in parks or at schools or churches. Some also are in private gardens at people's homes. One that I make is lightweight and inexpensive enough to be brought out for ceremonies or carried in parades.

It is easy to make an effort like this appear to be an insubstantial fringe. So I make peace poles that legitimize the message, peace poles that are wider and taller and made of materials that exude substance and endurance, and also that last long enough to be a legacy. At left is a five-sided, copper peacepole. At right is a seven-sided, limestone peace pole. Below is a three-sided, brass peace stake.

To see more of my peace poles go to www.peace-pole.com.

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