The Mission of the Peace Angels Project
Founded by American contemporary artist, Lin Evola, the Peace Angels Project is conceptual art with a powerful message: expressing our responsibility as humans to create a better world. By using melted down street weapons and the stainless steel core of decommissioned missiles to create large-scale sculptures that are powerful images of kindness, compassion, and unity, the Peace Angels Project permanently transforms these weapons of mass destruction into life-affirming symbols of peace.
“In 2007 when I first saw a “Peace Angel” at Westwood Gallery in New York, I was immediately attracted to the sculpture’s formal qualities and its expressive figurativism. Clearly, this was an artist who had been inspired by the Renaissance masters, and I particularly noted the affinity of this angel with those drawn by Raphael. I vividly recall having thought to myself that here was an artist who had struck upon a completely original concept, and whose works could have a significant cultural impact if only more broadly promoted. Indeed, here was art that could strike a chord in every person on earth.”Peter Hastings Falk
“In examining the history of art, Evola’s Peace Angel sculptures can be discussed in the context of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg.” Julia Ernst, Founding Curator, the Saatchi Collection
“The authenticity of Lin Evola’s art delivers us, gratefully, beyond the soul killing loop of postmodern irony and into the spiritual awakening of a new Renaissance where the artist stands on the sacred ground of myth.” L.P. Streitfeld, Art Critic
The Peace Angels Project
Founded in 1992 by American contemporary artist, Lin Evola, the Peace Angels Project is a conceptual art project that serves as a reminder of the worldwide epidemic of violence and our responsibility as humans to create a better world, by using the melted down stainless core of decommissioned missiles to create powerful images of peace and unity.
It is the intention of Evola to install 64’ tall Peace Angel monuments globally, beginning with New York and Los Angeles. Composed of decommissioned nuclear stainless, street weapons and weapons of mass destruction, the monuments will serve their communities as symbols of peace. Weapons to be used for their construction are being requested globally through law enforcement, government and the media.
Evola’s original Renaissance Peace Angel stood 13’ tall on Canal Street following the World Trade Center tragedy – widely remembered as serving as a symbol of hope for those affected. The sculpture will find its permanent home in fall 2016, when it is installed within the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
In 2016, Evola announced her collaboration with renowned fashion and art photographer, Udo Spreitzenbarth to develop “The Reflection Series,” a Peace Angels Project initiative. Together they will invite ten influential philanthropists to sit for portraits, to be transformed into super mirrors using the titanium metal of street weapons and weapons of mass destruction. Revenue generated from these portraits will finance the substantial production costs, as well as help fund the overall mission of the Peace Angels Project – removing weapons from our communities.
“Since 1992, contemporary American artist Lin Evola has been using her art as a platform to promote peace. Actuating the “swords to plowshares” paradigm, citizens are engaged as weapons are collected through law enforcement and transformed from instruments of death into 64-foot monuments to peace.”
– Huffington Post.
Lin Evola believes that art overcomes the constraints of the word, and the power of images can incite or inspire. Utilizing her skills as a conceptual artist, Evola creates inspirational images with the power to challenge us to put an emphasis on peace so that human beings can continue to exist. Her drawings, watercolors and sculptures tap into the life-affirming passions that bind humanity together, reminding us that we all have the capacity to interrupt the cycle of violence and transform it into a cycle of peace. The possibilities for each of us to build a more peaceful world are endless if we each embrace the expectation and moral fortitude to decisively work towards change.
Lin Evola began the Peace Angels Project in 1992 as an active art project that invites weapon donations, converting the once destructive armament materials into compelling images which provoke the possibilities of peace. During the more than twenty years of building the Peace Angels Project, creating art has been Evola’s way of working out philosophical insights and foundational thoughts that have become actualized as the Peace Angels Project.
Evola’s sculptures and paintings integrate symbols of both affirmation and challenge to reach beyond words and touch a place deep inside of each of us. Her art pairs ancient symbols with weapons materials as she asks us to find common ground when we disagree, rather than to take up arms against one another. From primordial times to today, human beings have used symbols to represent prevailing cultural mores and expected standards for human behavior.
THE PEACE ANGELS PROJECT
USA WEAPONS DESTRUCTION CAMPAIGN
Everyone is divided on how to solve the current gun deaths problem in the United States.
Everyone is sure that taking weapons away from everyone or giving weapons to everyone will solve the issue.
Laws are being written nationally and internationally and the death tolls rise.
What we are witnessing is the growth of an epidemic without an antidote.
The only antidote to consciousness is to shift consciousness.
Art communicates directly to the subconscious.
The Peace Angels Project is a conceptual art vehicle to request, through the media, to law enforcement,
weapons of mass destruction and permanently transform them into life affirming symbols of peace.
After years of preparation, the Peace Angels Project is in place to request destroyed weapons
through law enforcement throughout the United States of America.
The two monuments in New York City and Los Angeles at 64 feet and the subsequent Labyrinths underneath them
at 100 feet square, each will absorb one million weapons from the Peace Angels Project USA Weapons Destruction Campaign.
The Weapons Bricks Program funds this aspect of the Peace Angels Project.
Enough young people have died. Arguing about the solutions isn’t stopping the epidemic.
It’s time now to begin
Violence Is Preventable, Not Inevitable™
In 1992, Lin Evola founded the Peace Angels Project to address the epidemic of violence by reminding us of the responsibilities we all share to create a better world. As an American contemporary Artist, Evola created the Peace Angels Project as a conceptual work of art to engage thought that is meant to stir us – to awaken us to rise up and build a life affirming legacy of Peace in our time. The concept that develops into Peace Angel monuments forwards a legacy of peace to our children and future generations.
Lin Evola’s body of work addresses the unrestrained scourge of violence in our world by focusing on inspiration rather than legislation. Whether violence is executed by the use of words or weapons, it eats away at the fabric of humanity. Peace Angels are here to personify the mysterious and invisible nature of peace by bringing together meaningful, symbolic imagery and the materials of repurposed weaponry to create images which tap into the best of the human spirit. The art itself opens a door to excite us into a pause. For it is within the stillness of the pause that a real movement towards peace can take hold and grow. As we rise to our highest and best selves, we realize that our voices can no longer remain silent. We choose to become fierce enough to declare that the status quo is no longer acceptable. We recognize that we stand at a moment – a crossroads in the continuum of humanity’s existence. We believe that the time has come for us to ask ourselves if destroying one another is a sensible way to resolve our differences. We think not.
The art itself opens a door to excite us into a pause. For it is within the stillness of the pause that a real movement towards peace can take hold and grow.