Since the beginning of time people have set stones upright as monuments.
Stone might be the best thing out of which to make a peace pole. It lasts centuries making it a legacy. It feels regal. And it has a stateliness and a solidity that serve the message well.
Peace poles should be interesting and aesthetic. They should have authority and substance. And they should last a long time. So I make them out of limestone, granite, stainless steel, and copper, and make them wider and taller to give them “presence,” and ship them internationally from the USA.
The families and survivors of the Pulse Tragedy gathered today at our church and placed rainbow pinwheels in the path to peace garden around our peace pole. There were 250 to 300 people present. I was unable to get many pictures, most were taken after the crowd thinned.
Our Peace Pole stood tall today as a witness to peace within our community. We are grateful for your art.
-Phyllis Stopford – Orlando
Why a Peace Pole?
If you were so depressed or grieving that all you could do is stare at the wall listlessly, unable to bring yourself to do anything, and then out the window you noticed a toddler ambling down the street with no adult in sight, on your worst day you would go out there and protect that child.
I made a peace pole that is in the center of a U-shaped high school in Illinois where, when there is an altercation, the students are told to take it out to the peace pole and figure out how to live together. On my worst day I would make that peace pole. If I could I would make them for free.
Above is a 14 language peace pole being prepared to ship to UCLA. To see their dedication video click here.
Limestone Peace Pole Price
Price . . . $5,500 (free shipping)
7 translations included. Additional $100 each. 2 translations can fit on each side for a total of 14.
It is 7 feet tall after planting.
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Planting – Installing
For installation instructions click here, but all that is required is a 31″ deep post hole. No cement is necessary. Once the pole is in it tamp the earth that came out of the hole back in around it. If you put sand or gravel in there instead, that would attract moisture from the surrounding soil, which would not be good. It is best to make the peace pole more or less invisible in the soil by having what is holding it up just be more of the same soil surrounding it.
Stone Peace Pole Delivery
How to unload a stone peace pole when there is no loading dock.
Lift Gate Delivery
If you don’t have a loading dock, your stone peace pole will arrive on a truck that has a lift gate.
This gate can lower your peace pole onto a couple of your furniture dollies, one under each end of the crate.
Someone in your circle has furniture dollies. People keep them in their garages and basements forever once they use them.
I bought furniture dollies like this from Harbor Freight 20 years ago and they still move heavy weights fine.
Depending on the smoothness of the pavement and the experience of the people, it can be helpful to have at least three people rolling it. I move them by myself, but I have had practice.
When the Simi Valley United Methodist Church in California received their stone peace pole they took these photos so that they could be posted here to show you how it is done. Wasn’t that nice of them?
As can be seen in the photo of the UCLA peace pole higher on this page, underneath the side panels the crate has rails so that a dozen people can pick it up and carry it. Although, one person with a pickup truck hauled one away and, with two buddies, transported it a long way across a lawn by putting it on two furniture dollies and rolling it across two pieces of plywood, picking up the rear piece and moving it in front over and over until they reached the site.