You've probably seen our upcoming Make & Take: Peace Pole workshop and wondered, "What the heck is a Peace Pole?" The Peace Pole movement started in Japan in 1955 after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Masahisa Goi, the originator, dedicated his life to spreading the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth". Each pole bears the message in different languages on each of the side of the pole.
The first Peace Poles outside Japan began to appear in towns and cities around the world in the 1980’s. The Peace Pole Project was established in the United States in 1986. Today Peace Poles can be found at more than 220,000 sites around the world; including the Egyptian pyramids, the South African jail where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, the U.S. Pentagon, and even the magnetic North Pole!
Here in Illinois Peace Poles are visible from Rockford to Northeastern Illinois University, downtown Chicago, The Veterans Memorial in Naperville to Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. All poles are different in shape size and color but all bear the same message of peace.
This Saturday in Aurora inside the classroom we'll be painting Peace Poles that will be more than just wonderful accents for your garden, they will carry a worldwide message of PEACE. Come join us on Saturday to paint durable, 4-foot poles made of PVC all primed and ready for you to paint. All supplies and weatherproof paints will be provided. This year we added an Idea Session at 9:30am to sketch and plan your pole to represent your individuality. We will paint from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Posted on 1/7/2016 at 9:24:00 AM