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Unveiling of the Peace Monument for Jerusalem

 
 

UNVEILING OF THE PEACE MONUMENT
FOR JERUSALEM

Photos by:  Fiddle Viracola
 

 
The International Poster Center, ACA Galleries, the Temple of Understanding and Jan Sawka were proud to present the unveiling of the design and scale model for the Peace Monument for Jerusalem

The International Poster Center, ACA Galleries, the Temple of Understanding and Jan Sawka were proud to present the unveiling of the design and scale model for the Peace Monument for Jerusalem

 
Internationally recognized artist and the monument's designer Jan Sawka
Internationally recognized artist and the monument's designer Jan Sawka


The International Poster Center, ACA Galleries, the Temple of Understanding and Jan Sawka were proud to present the unveiling of the design and scale model for the Peace Monument for Jerusalem.  This monument honors peaceful coexistence between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Crowned with the symbols of the three religions, a forest of slender white rods soars toward the sky out of an irregular opening in the ground, reminiscent of a gash or wound.  The monument's designer, Jan Sawka, explains that "the forest of rods represents hope and the highest human aspirations rising into the future, out of the wound-like opening, which symbolizes the painful and conflicted past."  An underground area beneath the monument will house the Peace Center, a location where activities, symposia and meetings promoting peace and coexistence can continue.

The proposal of this monument comes from the art and interfaith dialogue communities.  The International Poster Center, directed by Jack Rennert, is a preeminent poster gallery and leading auction house of rare posters.  ACA Galleries was established in 1932 and has a history of supporting socially beneficial causes.  Located in Chelsea, ACA specializes in 19th & 20th century American Art, Modern & Contemporary paintings, drawings & sculpture. For 50 years, The Temple of Understanding has been a leader in the field of Interfaith Education. Its mission is to achieve peaceful coexistence among individuals and societies by fostering an appreciation of religious and cultural diversity. Its Founding Friends include Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Merton, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, H.H. Pope John XXIII and H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, The XIVth Dalai Lama, among others. The TOU is a Non-Governmental Organization with Consultative Status at the United Nations (ECOSOC)


Internationally recognized artist Jan Sawka's life and work have been informed by humanism and activism toward causes of justice and human rights.  As a young man, his artworks opposed the communist regime in Poland and its violation of human expression and civil rights.  In 1968 Poland, he was a leader in protests against Soviet anti-Semitic policies, which led to his punishment at the hands of the military. Exiled in 1976 from their homeland, Mr. Sawka and his family have lived in the United States ever since. Mr. Sawka has devised symbolic artworks for the Solidarity Movement, Human Rights Watch, non-nuclear future fundraisers, Holocaust memorials, and the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian uprising.  Pope John Paul II blessed his activities and work in 1992.  In 1996, when Mr. Sawka began work with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates on a design for an art and culture complex, he met intellectuals of the Arabic world, who included Dr. Jamal al Majaida, and the concept was born to create a far-reaching symbol of peace to be built in Jerusalem.

The unveiling at the International Poster Center in New York begins an international promotional and fundraising campaign for the project. 
 

Jan Sawka:

With a career of over 40 years, Jan Sawka (pronounced Yan SAF-ka) is internationally known for painting, printmaking, architecture, and multi-media.  His works are in the collections of over 60 international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., Victoria and Albert in London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Polish National Museums, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and Museum of Modern Art in Toyama, Japan.  Hi prints comprise the largest collection of works on paper of a single artist in the Library of Congress.  He has created multi-media set designs for productions ranging from the Harold Clurman and Samuel Beckett Theaters in New York to the Grateful Dead’s 25th Anniversary Tour.  His multi-media work has included projections of images on downtown Houston’s skyscrapers for “Sky Power,” the 40th anniversary celebration of NASA and “The Eyes” multi-media spectacle realized at Art Tower Mito, Japan in 1993.  In 2003, he was awarded the Premio Lorenzo Il Magnifico Gold Medal in Multi-Media at the International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy for his pilot for a large-scale multi-media spectacle called “The Voyage.”

Jan Sawka’s architectural and symbolic designs include the “Essen Spires,” a set of four interactive large-scale sculptures using plasma glass and light and laser technology, to grace the Essen, Germany cityscape; the “Virtual Reality Pavilion,” a stand-alone structure featuring high-tech screens that surround the viewer with images; and “Water in Colours,” an installation combining architecture, light and sculpture for the Kaltehofe Island in Hamburg, Germany, which is a work currently in progress.  Currently under consideration by the Royal Family of the United Arab Emirates, Jan Sawka’s 1996 proposal for the “Tower of Light Cultural Center” is a design for a complex of museums and performance and educational structures to be built on an island facing the Abu Dhabi downtown.

Jan Sawka has created significant visual symbols throughout his career for many important and now-historic causes.  As a young man, his artworks opposed the communist regime in Poland and its violation of human expression and civil rights.  In 1968 Poland, he was a leader in protests against Soviet anti-Semitic policies, which led to his punishment at the hands of the military. Exiled in 1976 from their homeland, Mr. Sawka and his family have lived in the United States ever since. Mr. Sawka has devised symbolic artworks for the Solidarity Movement, Human Rights Watch, non-nuclear future fundraisers, Holocaust memorials, and the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian uprising.  Pope John Paul II blessed his activities and work in 1992.  In 1996, when Mr. Sawka began work with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates on the “Tower of Light Cultural Center,” he met intellectuals of the Arabic world, who included Dr. Jamal al Majaida, and the concept was born to create a far-reaching symbol of peace to be built in Jerusalem.  

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