Monday, September 24, 2012

Continued Peace from Connecticut

On the way home from the birthday party of one of my daughters' classmates on Saturday, we happened to pass by their school. There, to my complete surprise, on the front lawn was a huge peace symbol.

I commented that it must have been for International Peace Day on Friday and my daughters agreed...asking how I knew. So I told them.

"Remember the flags that you helped me hang outside? Well, they are to celebrate International Peace Day too.

I'm part of a group of artists from around the world who created peace flags and hung them in different locations, then posted photos on a blog for all to see."

My little urchins practically squealed with delight and rushed to tell me that their peace symbol was made out of pin wheels that all the students had made - of paper, pencils and pins.

Yesterday, I went back to take a few shots to post here. It rained a lot the other night so many of the pin wheels were distorted,

but not enough to keep the message from shining through. Peace.

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  1. A beautiful and delightful sign of Peace!

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    1. It is a beautiful sight. I'd love to have seen it before the rain. Wonder if the pinwheels actually spun in the wind? That would have been great.

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    1. It is. Makes me want to drive by some of the other schools nearby to see if they did anything. Hmmm...

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  3. these are wonderful! all over the world, the idea to launch the wishes for peace aloft - whether by pin wheel or dharma wheel or flags!
    you and i seem to have done the same thing - we work quietly in our homes, keeping to ourselves except for the connections here - but we didn't tell our children what we were working on! i am so glad you mentioned that - how do we instill in them what we find to be important if we don't share that part of ourselves with them?
    thank you for sharing this...
    now i have to go past a school i saw on friday - they had pinwheels out as well - wonder if they are still there...

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    1. Funny! I wonder how many schools put out pinwheel peace installations?

      I must admit that I've been reticent of sharing too much of my work with my 5 year old twin daughters. Partly because they've taken over the house and my studio is the only room they haven't. They're really not allowed in it without me...which only makes it more tempting to go into.

      If my brain had been working correctly, it would have been fun to have made something with the girls. Maybe that way when I told them what my flags were for, they would have remembered and it would have meant something. Still, doing the pinwheel project at school allowed them to understand what my flags were for in the end. And that's good.

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  4. Jennifer how wonderful! I just love the idea of the pinwheels spinning their message of peace. And how funny that you and the girls were working towards the same thing without realizing it!

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    1. It is funny. I'd told them what the flags were for when we hung them in June, but at that time it really didn't mean anything to them other than they were getting to help me hang my art. Never occurred to me that the school would do anything...after all, the girls never said a word about it. Hmmm...wonder what else they're not telling?

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    1. Isn't it? I'm wondering how long the school will leave it there. May just have to stop by this week.

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  6. J- amazing that this was happening. So many different ripples. So glad the children can get into peace young. B

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  7. How cool was that? I love how they forgot to mention it in the "what did you do at school today?" kind of conversation but then made all the connections between your work, their work and the flags they helped hang! What a great story. It is bright and beautiful - maybe we could all do pinwheels for peace next year as well?

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  8. What fun, Jennifer! Maybe next year we'll do prayer (pin) wheels!

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  9. So I have to make an edible book project for my class on martin Luther king Jr. I want to make the background of my project an American flag peace sign and I don't know what kind of food items I can use to make the background. Any ideas?

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