Derbyshire community project to create Doves of Peace artwork for the cathedral

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‘Peace Doves’ is a large-scale art installation created by renowned sculptor and artist Walker Stonewhich will hang in Derby Cathedral between April 23 and June 12, 2022.

The art installation will feature 8,000 paper doves suspended on ribbons above the nave, accompanied by a tranquil soundscape by composer David Harper.

In preparation for the installation, workshops are held involving community groups, welfare groups and the general public, where participants are invited to decorate the doves with their own messages of peace, love and hope. . County schools also make their own peace dove exhibits.

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Peter Walker’s Doves of Peace sculpture at Lichfield Cathedral.

The Very Reverend Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby, explained that the messages behind the doves of peace were even more powerful in light of the continuing crisis in Ukraine.

He said: ‘Our initial drive for bringing the ‘Doves of Peace’ to Derby Cathedral was to create a unique piece that reflects the thoughts and feelings of people of all faiths, ages and backgrounds. horizons after such a turbulent time for everyone during the pandemic.

“Now, with the escalation of the war in Ukraine and the value we all place on peace being foremost in our minds, the messages behind the doves of peace are even more poignant.”

Artist Peter Walker said, “Sometimes art has the ability to transcend just being an object and become the center of our collective feelings.

“It allows us not only to see a work of art, but to be part of it, to contemplate peace, thinking of those whose lives are so tragically affected by the many hardships of life, of the situation in Ukraine and conflicts abroad to the many issues that affect the people of this country, as well as those we love and are close to us.

Doves of Peace at Derby Cathedral is funded by Arts Council England, Westhill Endowment, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), Derby City Council and Foundation Derbyshire.

‘Peace Doves’ will be unveiled to the public for the first time on April 23. Entrance to Derby Cathedral will be free and donations are requested which will go towards the care and work of the cathedral in helping to keep its doors open to all.

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