Peace, Yo

Peace on Earth sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz

When Lithuanian born artist Jacques Lipchitz dedicated his masterwork Peace on Earth at Los Angeles’ Music Center he set a high standard for success. Of the ten-ton bronze statue depicting a dove delivering the spirit of peace to the world he said: “if peace does not come, it is bad sculpture.”

With those nine words Mr. Lipchitz both understated his accomplishment and simultaneously overstated the ability of art to affect human nature. Perhaps it would have been more fitting, albeit less hopeful, to call it a perpetual work in progress. 

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4 Comments on “Peace, Yo”

  1. Loni Found Herself March 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I’ve seen this sculpture multiple times and have always enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing this back-story. Now I’ll appreciate it even more.


  2. LuAnn March 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Fabulous 🙂


  3. Kieran Maynard March 14, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Perhaps he means, all art will fall out of taste, but peace is a goal we must never lost sight of.


  4. Betty Londergan March 14, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Wow, that’s pretty big — both the ambition and the sculpture, which I’ve never seen. Hey, I’m going back to Guatemala tomorrow (Casa Cristina, for one night!) and that makes me think of you both! Happy trails!!!


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