The concept for this unique and inspiring art work grew out of a vision for Peace – Peace with God, Peace with each other and Peace with the Earth. Over 1,000 people created this community peace wall. People aged from 2 to 90, artists and amateurs, participants from many faiths, schools and community groups all joined in conversations of peace and hope. Their individual images and messages can be seen in the hand made tiles which make up the wall. What each of us sees in the design will depend on our own vision and interpretation – do you see a river? A rainbow serpent? A path from life’s beginnings to the mysterious end of time? You are welcome to come and reflect on peace in this community space.
We acknowledge the important contribution made by the following groups who shared this peace journey:
Anderson’s Creek Primary School, Aurukun UAICC Kids Club, Baha’i faith community, Community Church Warrandyte Playgroups, Deep Creek Uniting Church, Dharma Drum Buddhist community, Chinmaya Mission Hindu community, representatives of the Islamic community, Boroondara Community Outreach, Leighmoor Uniting Church Friendship Circle, Manningham Artlinks Program, Pilgrim Uniting Church, St Gerard’s & St Anne’s Catholic Church, St Stephens Anglican Church, Stonehouse Artists Group, YarraWarra Pre-School, Warrandyte Childcare & Pre-School, Warrandyte & District Pre-School, Warrandyte Junior Girl Guides, Warrandyte Primary School, Warrandyte Senior Citizens, Warrandyte Uniting Church, Warrandyte Uniting Church Music Together, Warrandyte Uniting Church Walking Group and representatives of the Wurundjeri people.
We were very fortunate to have the assistance of 5 very talented artists.
Walter Magilton and Denise Keele-Bedford
This talented duo entirely donated their services to create the design for the mosaic wall. They continued to contribute in many ways throughout the 18mths it took to create the wall. They made tiles, helped with workshops and assisted with the layout of the areas to create such an impressive artwork.
Mandy is a member of the Wrundjeri tribe and graciously shared her knowledge of the indigenous symbols of the Warrandyte area. She told us some of the Wrundjeri stories and gave us permission to use the traditional symbols in our peace wall.
Mary Lou and Chris Pittard
Mary Lou Pittard worked tirelessly as our inspiring ceramic artist – teaching tile techniques, assisting with peace discussions, laying out tiles and grouting the wall. Chris Pittard worked behind the scenes hand glazing and firing over 4,000 individual tiles.
Talented Landscape Design artist Bev Hanson donated many hours of her time to both design the indigenous garden in front of the wall and oversee it’s construction. Part of the design incorporates stone walls that double as seating for those spending time at the Peace wall. Community participation again made the garden planting a group event.
We thank the following organisations for their sponsorship:
|Manningham City Council||Warrandyte Lions Club||Bendigo Bank – Warrandyte Branch||Warrandyte Uniting Church|