The Renaissance Peace Angel
Now in the permanent collection at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.
On Nov 2, 2018, the 11-foot Renaissance Peace Angel was publicly welcomed into the permanent collection at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Made from bronze, decommissioned weapons, and violence, the sculpture became a symbol of hope to first responders in the days and months after the World Trade Center Towers fell on September 11, 2001.
In 2001, the Renaissance Peace Angel was delivered to New York City and placed near Ground Zero. In the days, weeks, and months following the unyielding and painstaking search, rescue and recovery missions by our first responders, our heroes began putting personal inscriptions on the base of the Peace Angel. Their messages, their prayers, have become embodied in the soul of the Renaissance Peace Angel, and epitomize our aspirations for peace.
According to Jan Ramirez, Chief Curator of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, “Your efforts to have that inspiring sculpture installed on Canal Street soon after the World Trade Center catastrophe, placed the Angel in direct visual contact with thousands of police officers, firefighters, construction workers, and volunteers. There, greeting passersby on a cement base encircled with the signatures of those toiling on The Pile, your Peace Angel served a landmark of healing for the Ground Zero community. In the wake of the 2001 attacks, the Angel reminded us that, as a global society, we are empowered with choices to confront conflict with nonviolent responses.”
Lin Evola. Artist—Arms Dealer—Peacemaker
Lin Evola is the architect of the Peace Angels Project. She 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-five 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.
Recognition for the work of Lin Evola
—Peter Hastings Falk