|Photo courtesy of Camy Condon|
The statue, shaped as a globe of the world, was funded and designed entirely by 3,000 children, who contributed animal and plant sculptures.
The small sculptures symbolically join all the continents on Earth to form a single community on the larger sculpture.
Originally installed in 1995, this is a re-dedication of this wonderfully creative and symbolically powerful sculpture, which stands as a symbol of hope for a peaceful future. This touring statue was originally designed and built by a group of children from Arroyo del Oso Elementary School in Albuquerque, who were inspired by the story of two Japanese students who made a monument for the victims of the atomic bombs,. Th children formed the Kids’ Committee for the Children’s Peace Statue and opened a nationwide design contest for the statue. Shortly thereafter the children designed and built a touring exhibit to promote the project. Here is an early timeline.
And here is more early history.
Residents of Albuquerque and nearby communities are invited to the rededication ceremony on
Sunday, August 4, 2013,
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM,
Albuquerque Balloon Museum,
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Along with the dedication of the statue, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum is hosting a special exhibition that focuses on the five-year process of creating the statue—from the initial idea, to the design competition leading up to its creation, to its original dedication at The Albuquerque Museum in 1995.