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Peace Sculpture Dedication on the Peninsula
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
Members of the Peninsula/Palo Alto Branch of Women's International League of Peace and Freedom held a peace sculpture dedication ceremony on September 24 on the campus of Menlo College.
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Photos by Bruce Lescher, Probonophoto.org
Please credit the photographer

Artist Lisa Solomon draws inspiration from the Japanese Shinto tradition, a religion that includes ancestor reverence and a belief in sacred power in both animate and inanimate things. Her sculpture "The Peace Gate" combines a redwood Shinto torii gate, constructed for her by artisan Jim Gilardi, with an arrangement of strands of origami peace cranes.

The cranes suspended from the Peace Gate are some of over 2000 origami pieces made by local residents from a 2020 art installation organized by the Peninsula/Palo Alto Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Last year was the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The cranes, a Buddhist symbol of rebirth, are symbolically reborn in this sculpture.

Members of WILPF and friends held a ceremony on September 24 as "The Peace Gate" was raised and dedicated on the campus of Menlo College. Local activist Sharat G. Lin performed a "dance of peace" to begin and conclude the ceremony, wearing the wings of a monarch butterfly to represent the transformation of a world of war to a world of peace.


§The Peace Gate, at first unadorned
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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A torii gate's function is to mark the entrance to sacred space at a Shinto shrine
§Welcoming table
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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§The Peace Gate, adorned
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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§Dance of Peace
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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§Closeup of origami cranes
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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§Audience
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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§Dance of Peace Concluded the Ceremony
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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§Some of the organizers
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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§Strands of origami
by Ruth Robertson
Saturday Sep 25th, 2021 11:53 PM
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