Blogger Sandy Evans-Hall, Executive Vice President of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association
When my three daughters carried in a large 10 Ft long 4X4 piece of wood as a Christmas gift last year, I didn’t know what to think. Along with this symbolic piece of wood came four 36” signs, each in a different language. They had chosen Arabic, Chinese, French and English – all with the interpretation of “Let Peace Prevail on Earth.” This is how my husband and I were introduced to the idea of a Peace Pole.
It turns out that this is not something new. The Peace Pole project actually started in Japan in 1955 as a response to the bombing of Hiroshima. Masahisa Goi initiated this project which has grown to over 200,000 planted in 200 countries around the world. And now Steamboat Springs has two!
While I had never seen a peace pole before, my awareness has certainly grown since that 2008 Christmas gift. While traveling in Chile last spring, I was surprised by one in a small town outside of La Serena up the Elqui Valley. Then while visiting my daughter in Ft. Collins, I noticed another in the downtown pedestrian mall.
My husband, the carpenter, decided to construct his own version with eight sides. This was so beautiful I asked him to create another for the Chamber building. With the many International visitors, I thought this would be the perfect message and became a gift of love from both of us to the community. We chose the languages of French, German, English, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. I hope you’ll drop by and check it out. What if Steamboat Springs became the Peace Pole capital of the world?!
We have since added some languages to our pole at home to include Ute, Tibetan, Spanish and Dog Paws…had to have something for our peaceful pup, Rufus!
For more info on peace poles or to make your own visit http://www.peacepoleproject.org/