The River of Peace Mural is a 35 foot ceramic tile mural on the East outside wall of the Lower Pavilion at Ghost Ranch, facing the Peace Garden. The mural shape echoes the Fibonacci curves contained in the layout of the Peace Garden. Clay slips in natural hues on the tiles relate to the colors of the rocks, sky and earth at Ghost Ranch. Permanently fired into the surface, a visual river of spiritual symbols from around the world is integrated into a mosaic of hand-written poems, prayers, intentions, quotes and original writings.
Because of widespread interest in the mural and the participation of the community, Barbara Campbell and Judy Nelson-Moore decided to create 6” tiles using the methods and imagery from the River of Peace Mural. This is a way for people to have a “piece of the Peace Mural” to take home. These tiles are all unique and made by hand. They provide a lovely remembrance of the mural and Ghost Ranch.
All profits benefit the ceramic studio in Pot Hollow at Ghost Ranch. This studio has been providing a place for clay exploration and learning for over 45 years. Your purchase of this tile supports the Ghost Ranch workshops as well as clay workshops and activities of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists in Pot Hollow.
Tiles are $18 and are available in the gift shop at the Ghost Ranch Welcome Center.
Here are some pictures of the final installation of the River of Peace mural in the Peace Garden at Ghost Ranch. Present for the installation were Barbara Campbell, Judy Nelson-Moore, Dean Schroeder and Tomas Wolff, all members of the NMPCA. Also assisting were Tom Nichols, original designer of the Peace Garden, and his wife Edie.
Submissions for the River of Peace are coming in from all over the world. We have extended the deadline for these submissions to February 14, 2014. We wanted to give people more time to get their submissions to us. We have less than 30 writings received so far and would like to have closer to 100. The date 02/14/2014 seems like an auspicious date, especially since it is Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love.
So far the nature of the submissions have varied from original thoughts to quotes from other sources, both of which are welcome. The subjects include peace between nations, races, and cultures, cessation of violence in our workplaces, schools, and communities, caring for the earth and reduction of natural destruction, and ideas conducive or leading to inner personal peace.
The image in this post is a submission from a Dutch woman living in Israel. She wrote her writing, photographed it on her iphone, and emailed it to me. So wonderful that we can share this from half-way around the world. She learned of the project from a friend in Israel who had heard of the project from Michael Lancaster, one of our NMPCA members. Here is the text of the message she send accompanying the image for our project:
Last week Morris told me about the river of peace and asked me if I would be willing to write something about peace for your project in Dutch.
What a wonderful project !!
I hope that the little “wave” that I wrote from the heart may contribute to the river.
I will give you a little bit of background as for you to understand how close your project is to my heart. I am an art-teacher in Beir Tuvia high school and retorno a rehab-center of N A, working with kids 15-18 yrs old. I live in Israel was born and raised in Holland-lived in France a bit–volunteered in Israel- traveled “around” lived in NY city – Philly then moved to Montreal – Canada- moved with 2 little children to Israel !
Now 18 years later (exactly on new-years day ) The harsh reality of my son joining the army has arrived.
This week at the ” swearing in “ceremony for my son at the Western wall in Jerusalem – I got overwhelmed with mixed emotions – sadness and pride – my son being chosen for this special fighters-unit – Feeling sad to see all those hundreds of boys standing there- holding a weapon, feeling that this is their duty as Israeli boys to protect their country. Besides some strange patriotic pride also skeptical thoughts occupied me – this is absolutely absurd – what kind of mom am I – did I do something wrong – what can I do to spread peace – besides here and there some art projects – talking peace with my students and as a mom – living a peaceful life – being at peace with myself and others – ???
I pray that our eyes will open to this magical planet and still have not lost hope that one day there will be PEACE for all beings on this planet.
May your garden of peace bloom and spread all over. May your peace-river flow peace. Thank you ! With love
Marion Gaffen Vermeulen Sent from my iPhone
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