A Sculpture for World Peace
My vision is to erect a symbolic sculpture standing 18 feet tall, which involves three major religions on the theme of World Peace. This traveling, interactive, educational exhibit is meant to make a major statement for World Peace.
About The Sculpture
Constructed of steel, you would walk into the center of the sculpture directly on to a stainless steel image of Earth. Religious Symbols, representing various religions of the world, encircle the planet in unity. The stainless steel planet itself is placed on top of rusted steel figures that have fallen from past and present conflicts. Now inside, you see the backs of three identical religious figures holding Symbols representing their own religions pierced through their individual swords. All three figures are leaning backwards with their swords almost touching. With these figures surrounding you, one finds oneself within a pyramid of three Faiths. A sensor picks up your movement and a voice in surround sound says:
“In the name of God, why has so much blood been shed? These symbols are not a license for prejudice, injustice and death. They are symbols of peace, love and harmony, in the name of God. Look up and look beyond those sharp and piercing swords and see the heavens that we all share. Look down and see the earth that we all share as one.”
My hope is that after experiencing this art installation, people will recognize the truth that we need to respect each other’s religious beliefs. Together, we are educated first hand with interactive art.
The goal is to erect this traveling installation in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is one of the official Cities of Peace worldwide. We then begin the tour to museums, art events and public spaces for others to experience this exhibit.
The installation fits into three crates on wheels for transport. It will take three men to install the sculpture as well as breaking it down for travel.
Funds needed to create this traveling installation are 200K. We are looking for contributing sponsors to raise the capital for the initial construction and installation in the first city. Construction time is estimated to be three months for completion.
I have also created a line of merchandise to help supplement and promote this message of peace.
Liam has engaged in many projects that utilized this subject. An initial Mixed Medium Sculpture standing at the Sedona Creative Life Centre and several projects which included:
“Embracing Our Differences”, an International Art Exhibit in Sarasota, Florida. Liam’s “In the Name of God” sculpture was superimposed on a billboard display, which was exhibited with 39 other billboards of artists and students from around the world representing various interpretations of how we all need to “embrace our differences rather than fight each other with hatred and prejudice.”
“Times Square Alliance Art Project.” Liam entered this as a result of a call for artists. “I had worked in the theatre district as a Production Property Master of Broadway Shows for 27 years and was moved to enter my “In the Name of God” concept after they arrested a terrorist whose car was planted in Times Square with explosives ready to be set off. I felt that the theatre community has always embraced the differences between all people.”
In a continuing effort to make a statement, this sculpture has evolved to take on the mission of bringing a global awareness to the masses of how important the subject of World Peace still is today. Liam has now expanded his concept to allow for an interactive traveling exhibit or permanent installation that allows the participants to be placed in the middle of the never-ending conflict over religions. “With this interactive art installation, I want the viewer to experience a vortex of energy that sends a chill throughout their being.”
Now named “A Sculpture For World Peace”, as one reads and hears the words: “In the name of God, why has so much blood been shed? These symbols are not a license for prejudice, injustice and death. They are symbols of peace, love and harmony, in the name of God. Those who look up will see the opening between the sword’s sharp and piercing points, revealing the calmness of heaven that we all share as a civilization. Those who look down will see an image of earth beneath them. It represents our planet that we all share as one. May we have Peace on Earth.”