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Blog: Friday, November 9th, 2018

Peace Pole Installation

ASIA North Poplar unveiled our Peace Pole Art Installation on Wednesday November 7, 2018 to coincide with Remembrace Day.
21  eight and ten foot peace poles created by staff and students were erected this week on the hillside at the west end of our property . Each pole is unique; some painted, some tiled, woodburned etc. Combined, they make quite a visual statement.  We would like to thank Shane Mathieu at IBMD Lumber in Langley for donating all of the posts for our project and Darren, Gord, and Brad,  the amazing team from Facilities, who helped make our installation complete. 

Please come by and have a look. Feel free to take photos of our work and read the article written about us in the Abbotsford News!

A Brief History of Peace Poles (from Wikipedia)
The idea of Peace Poles was first thought up by Masahisa Goi in 1955 in Japan. The Peace Pole Project today is promoted by The World Peace Prayer Society as well as other groups and individuals. The first Peace Poles outside Japan were constructed in 1983.[2] Since then, more than 100,000 have been placed around the world in over 180 countries.[2]

Peace Poles are made of many materials. Most are made of wood. Others are made of limestone or copper or plastic or stainless steel. The text might be painted, carved, etched, welded, pasted, or riveted on. In some cases it merely is a plastic plaque attached with screws. In other cases it is the careful work of an artist or sculptor.

Peace Poles have been placed in such notable locations as the North Magnetic Pole, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and the site of the Egyptian Pyramids in Giza, the Aiki Shrine in Iwama, Japan,[3] as well as numerous community parks. Frequently they are placed near the entrances of churches or schools. In one case, a garden, created for a wedding, was designed around the Peace Pole that was its center piece. The Republic of Molossia, a micronation, has a Peace Pole in eight languages.[4] The University of California, Los Angeles has a limestone peace pole with 14 languages directly in front of Kerckhoff Hall.