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Lincoln Cathedral visitors encouraged to make Peace Dove for art installation featuring 10,000 doves





Thousands of paper doves bearing messages of peace will be created by visitors to Lincoln Cathedral before being brought together to create a huge artwork.

Known as ‘Peace Doves’ the installation is a mass participation artwork by artist Peter Walker – the artist behind Luxmuralis, and is made up of thousands of individual paper doves which will be suspended in the nave of the Cathedral. The artwork is also set to music by composer David Harper.

The doves will be available to make in the cathedral from today (Wednesday, May 1) and visitors, schools and local communities groups are being invited to add messages of peace, hope and love to the paper birds.

Peace doves. Photo: Peter Walker
Peace doves. Photo: Peter Walker

Over the spring and summer it is hoped that more than 10,000 doves will be created which will then be turned into a stunning artwork which will hang from the ceiling of the nave and be available to view from the beginning of September.

Samantha Mellows, director of visitor experience and enterprise, said: “Every day we witness conflict in the world, both on a global scale and in our own lives. But we also see acts of kindness, friendship across barriers and people pursuing peace small but important ways. Doves have long been recognised as a symbol of peace, and for Christians they are seen as a symbol of God’s presence on earth and as a promise of hope.

“This is a great opportunity for diverse communities, individuals and groups to come together and create something completely unique, which will then be on display in the cathedral. We hope that the finished piece will inspire a sense of peace, unity and hope in all those who see it and that visitors to the cathedral enjoy the beauty of the huge flock of doves soaring above the nave.”

Peace doves. Photo: Peter Walker
Peace doves. Photo: Peter Walker
Peace doves. Photo: Peter Walker
Peace doves. Photo: Peter Walker

As well as contributing to the installation in the cathedral, special digital packs are available to schools, community groups and other organisations that would like to create peace dove displays in their own spaces. Anyone wishing to get a pack for their group should contact Samantha Mellows on events@lincolncathedral.com.

You can find out more information about the Peace Doves installation, and how to join in and share your message of peace at www.lincolncathedral.com/peace-doves

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