There is no way to peace; peace is the way.
This unique monument was inspired by a disturbing awareness of the turmoil in the world caused by religious intolerance, war and injustice. The Wall of Peace was created to spread a message of harmony among all religions and to stimulate peace consciousness in all nations.
Even as The Wall of Peace depicts suffering, it also extends offerings of hope. For as long as there has been brutality in the world, so too have there been individuals who have rejected violence and advocated peace. Those whom The Wall of Peace commemorates overcame personal tragedy, deprivation and danger to bring about world-altering change. They persevered despite constant repression and peril, confident in the knowledge that only non-violence and compassion can truly change the world.
The seven white marble busts and three marble symbols that comprise the work flank a curving steel wall that is etched with scenes of destruction that parallel the arc of carnage throughout time – from the conquests of Alexander the Great to the devastation of the atomic bomb. The contrast of the light, organic marble with the dark, inorganic steel is visually riveting. This image exemplifies the strength and intensive struggles to which the 10 iconic figures of non-violence portrayed in the exhibit committed themselves.