In the summer of 2008, Ashland’s Peace Fence was destroyed by vandals. The community grieved its loss, even as we pondered ways to resurrect the Peace Fence in a sturdier and less vulnerable form. The idea of a Peace Wall, comprised of tiles of the Peace Fence panels, was proposed. In March, 2009, the Ashland City Council unanimously approved the Ashland Public Library as the site for this new Peace Wall. Because we have excellent photos of every Peace Fence panel (over 200 of them), we can create ceramic tiles replicating each one. The tiles are created using a dye sublimation process that results in tiles that are resistant to fading and weather. They will be encased in a mosaic background and placed within a metal sculpture in front of the Library. A prototype of the design by artist Sue Springer can be viewed at the Illahe Gallery on 4th and B Streets in Ashland’s Railroad District.
Mock-up of the proposed Peace Wall, designed by Ashland artist Sue Springer.
UPDATE: February 14, 2010 – Tiles for the third and fourth sections of the Peace Wall have arrived. Volunteers are needed to help create the mosaic surrounding the tiles on these two panels. Work begins on Tuesday, February 16th and will continue through February 25th. Please contact us if you would like to help. (Please don’t just show up because we really do need to schedule people – there is limited space.) We encourage people of all ages and stripes to help – artists, non-artists, students – you’re all welcome. This is a community project. Instruction will be provided, so you don’t need to worry about not knowing how to do mosaic tile work. It’s a lot of fun.
Thanks to all those who have participated in and continue to support this project.
Special thanks to:
Ashland’s Public Arts Commission guided by Ann Seltzer
Darrell Boldt of D.A. Boldt Construction, Ashland, who provided endless hours of planning and metalwork inspiration and construction. D. A. Boldt Construction is located at 622 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, Oregon 97520, phone 541-482-4865.
Marty Jacobson (owner) and Bruce Smith of Ashland Fabrication, who have created the metalwork frame for the Peace Wall and donated so much time to creating it. Ashland Fabrication is located at 3161 E. Main St, Ashland, Oregon 97520, phone 541-482-1247.
Sue Springer, the project designer, who, in addition to her contributed design, has organized and trained all the volunteers in mosaic making, given space in her beautiful Illahe Gallery (4th and B Streets) for the mosaic work to be done, provided all the materials for the mosaic work, and overseen execution of the project. Visit her website at http://www.illahegallery.com.
Amy Blossom, Branch Manager of the Ashland Public Library, who has enthusiastically championed the project and continues to offer help with grant proposal research and other support. Plus, she loves having the Peace Wall in front of “her” library. She reports that every day she sees people stop to study the completed sections, reading and touching the tiles.
Enduring Images of Golden, Colorado, who are creating the tiles from photos of each Peace Fence panel. Visit their web site – http://www.enduring-images.com/custom_tile.php
Kay Cutter, Marta Gomez, Tia Hatch, Nancy Bardos, Sally McKirgan, Pam Derby, Jean Bakewell, and Nancy Parker, all of Ashland, who have coordinated fundraising and publicity, and donated countless hours to meetings, flier-writing, phone-calling, grant-writing, and all the details to help make the Peace Wall happen.
A host of volunteers who have given their time to the mosaic work.
And to all the artists, including over 180 Ashland school children, as well as people from as far away as Canada and Norway, who contributed panels to the Peace Fence, an enormous Thank You.
How you can help: We need to raise a total of $25,000 to complete the Peace Wall. We’re about 30% there.
Make a tax-deductible donation of ANY amount payable to “Peace House,” a non-profit organization.
Note “Peace Wall” on the memo line of your check.
Mail your check to Peace House, P.O. Box 524, Ashland, OR 97520.