Painting Class Decorates Colonnade with Pinwheels for Peace
On Friday, Grier Painting classes decorated the Colonnade and Courtyard with pinwheels in honor of the internationally celebrated day of peace. Every year, for the past 20 years, countries worldwide take part in the Peace One Day celebration on September 21st. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Florida art teachers as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives
In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st; there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year, over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Painting teacher, Kristie Putt, coordinated Grier's Pinwheels for Peace project this year.
This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
Grier's painting students wrote their thoughts about "war and peace, tolerance, living in harmony with others" on one side and illustrated the opposide side to visually express their feelings. The students created their pinwheels and planted them in in the Colonnade and Courtyard at Grier as a public statement and art exhibit and installation.