The Power of Art: A Potential Liability Becomes a Peace Symbol

Ted Carlson gazing at the Peace Tree he carved from a dead tree on his property

2017 was a tough year for trees.

One large dead one in our yard provided me with the opportunity to fulfill a long-time urge to carve something in a tree or pole.

I knew I could not do chainsaw art, nor carve animals, but I can do letters. I wanted to express the message of “PEACE”.

Just the one word was not going to complete the tree. So, at the suggestion of Cathy Cordes, adding “Peace” in other languages became my goal.

Using a hammer and chisels, 7 different languages are now expressing the same message as a reminder for all of us.

The peace symbol weathervane on top reminds me that no matter which direction the wind is going the message of “PEACE” can follow.

The Hindu symbol Om signifies the essence of consciousness, another way to express the concept of peace

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