Call For Artists ~ The Bedford Peace Pole Project: A Vision for the Times

A Peace Pole designed by Chris Wojnar

The Select Board has approved a public art project for four peace poles to be designed and painted by local artists. They will be installed at four locations near the center of town: one at the Bedford Library, one at Depot Park, and two on the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail.

Traditional peace poles have been placed worldwide to promote peace.  Now the peace pole has evolved into an artistic vision of inspiration, hope, and beauty. Dovetailing with the May 18 designation of a Cultural District in the heart of town, Bedford’s peace poles will uplift, inspire, and provide hope and encouragement as residents emerge from a difficult year.

Artists are invited to submit a design proposal including a short description of their vision and a sketch of their design by June 7 by emailing chris@christinewojnar.com.

From the submitted proposals the selection committee will choose four finalists. A peace pole planting ceremony will take place mid to late summer.

The town will provide a 4.5’ 4×4 cedar post, a copper cap, and installation. Each pole will have a sign describing the artist and the artist’s vision. Artists will supply their own acrylic paint, and the committee will spray each peace pole with an acrylic sealer. The peace poles will stand at their designated locations as long as they remain in good condition, perhaps 2 to 3 years.

A grant from the Social Responsibility Council of First Parish Bedford will support a $250 stipend for each of four artists.

Please contact chris@christinewojnar.com with any questions. Thanks for your interest!


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