New “Vista Peace Pole” will be dedicated in August.
Final fundraising donations needed now.
Help share the message “May peace prevail on Earth” in eight
languages in Columbia’s popular downtown district.
On August 6, 2016, the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers) planted a peace pole at their meetinghouse on Pisgah Church Road as part of the 26 th Annual Hiroshima Peace Vigil. Representatives of many faith communities shared prayers for peace as the pole was planted. The planting was the beginning of the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative, dedicated to planting peace poles around the Midlands in the coming years.
Within Columbia, South Carolina, a self-declared Mayor’s for Peace City, peace poles have sprouted up in various locales as the result of grassroots collaboration.
This year the Initiative, working with One Columbia for Arts and Culture (onecolumbiasc.com) has commissioned Columbia artist Eileen Blyth to design the Vista Peace Pole to be installed in the downtown Vista, where a series of public art works see a high degree of foot traffic. This sculpture will be installed within a two-block median on Senate Street, between the South Carolina Statehouse and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The peace pole sculpture, proclaiming “May peace prevail on Earth” in eight languages, promises to provoke thoughtful reflection and make a statement about our shared desire for a peaceful world. Plans are to dedicate the Vista Peace Pole in early August as part of Columbia’s 31st annual Hiroshima Remembrance Vigil.
Members of the community have raised one-third of the total $9,000 budget. Now we ask you to help raise the remaining funds for this project by giving as generously as you can.
You can send your tax-deductible check (made out to One Columbia and designated for “Columbia Peace Pole Initiative”) to: One Columbia, 1219 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201.
Receipts for tax deductions sent by request.
You can also donate via One Columbia’s PayPal account:
https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=RS65NKPXJQGZU (Note that a 2% fee
will be incurred.) More information: Elaine Frick, Initiative member, [email protected] and 803-931-2675