January 18, 2008

1000 Points of Peace

From the blog Mosaic Art and Glass Art - An article about the artist named Ragtime, who is a Vietnam Vet on a mission to create 1000 variations of the Peace Symbol in stained glass. As of this writing, he is at about #175. Up til now, as far as I can tell, he's only done these in a simple mosaic style, all in copper foil, with many of them incorporating fused glass and some of them all fused. Just a thought, but it would be interesting if some of them were done in lead came and some of them painted and/or stained...

1000 variations of any symbol is a pretty tall order...

#133 The Peace Wheel

Though on the other end of the spectrum in terms of subject matter, this does remind me of skull-a-day, which is a blog about a guy who is currently in the midst of a project to create an image of a skull every day for one year, posting a new one daily. A recent entry is this image of a glass mosaic skull, and earlier he took a beginner's stained glass class to make a stained glass skull. This blog has garnered quite a bit of attention and, amazingly, he even landed a book deal!

[update - Feb 23, 2008 - Something I didn't know when I posted this is that 2008 is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the peace symbol, created by British designer Gerald Holtom for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and that the symbol was created from a combination of the semaphore symbols for the letters 'N' and 'D'.]

[update- March 22, 2008 - nice BBC online article on the 50th anniversary of the peace symbol.]

Posted by Tom at January 18, 2008 01:19 PM