Peace Butterflies

To mark 70 years since the end of World War II I created a participatory installation in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, as part of Remembrance Day. Visitors to the Cathedral were asked to take a white butterfly and think about peace.

‘Butterflies like peace can be crushed by a closed fist. Sometimes they only live a short while, yet at the same time they can fly around the world and create wonder wherever they land.
Take a butterfly.
Hold it gently in your hand.
Think about peace and place it for others to see’.

The response was beautiful and people were very thoughtful about where they placed their butterflies.

‘Reflections on Humanity’ was a Poetry Reading in Christ Church Cathedral to mark 70 years since the end of World War Two.  Poems by poets living at the time were read in 18 languages with translations. These represented the countries involved in the conflict. The project was coordinated by Diana Bell and Bill Jenkinson.

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