Peace Poles!  Have You Seen Them?

 

 
Do you know what they are?

 
A house on my block has a Peace Pole. I admire it every time I pass by. I did some research and found that a traditional Peace Pole has the words ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’ in 4 different languages, one of the home country. There are variations though and some are beautiful yard art with other uplifting, cheerful messages. Placing your Peace Pole in the ground can be done with some ritual.

 
It is estimated that there are over 200,000 peace poles in existence and they are placed in every almost every country. There is a peace pole at the Magnetic North Pole and one at the pyramid in Gaza.

 

Sometimes Peace Poles are placed in response to some hateful act such as the largest Peace Pole in the world which was placed in Janesville, WI in response to a KKK rally held there.

 

A peace pole would make a great school project.

 

 

You can read more about Peace Poles at these links:

http://www.peacepoleproject.org/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_pole

When we had to remove some fencing at our property we were left with several 4 x 4’s.  I decided to make a Peace Pole.

It was a lot of fun and a great creative outlet.

I scrubbed and sanded the 4×4 since it had been outside for many years. I used paint I had on hand plus picked up some paint pens at the craft store, for the lettering.  I put a couple coats of poly on for weatherproofing.

Here it is:

 

In the Hawaiian language.

 

In Lakota.

 

 

This side is in Sanskrit. The artist Prince died while I was working on it so I incorporated his symbol.

 

 

The English language side.

 

I planted it in the old chicken run/soon to be shade garden and topped it with a solar light.

If you would like to make one you can use a fence post in either wood or PVC.

You will find instructions, including translations here:

http://www.peace-pole.com/make-your-own.htm

 

One of my fave people with a Peace Pole he was presented with in 1980.

You can read  here about where his Peace Pole is now:

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/john-denver-peace-pole-relocated-to-new-home-near-aspen/

 

Are you inspired to make or purchase a Peace Pole?  It would be great to work on during the winter and have ready to put out next spring. I would love to hear about and see pictures of your Peace Pole projects.

By the way, Peace on Earth and Happy Holidays – whatever you choose to celebrate!

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