Archive for September, 2010
A day I will never forget took place about six months ago when my agent called me from Los Angeles to share some incredible news. He had just gotten off the phone with Julian Lennon and his Mom, Cynthia. He told them about how I was in the process of creating my ‘Peace and Harmony’ sculpture and how the Global Peace Initiative was searching for somewhere in Europe to donate it.
Ben told me that the Beatles Story museum people want my sculpture to be placed permanently in Liverpool, England, the home of John Lennon and the Beatles. Not only that, but it was also to be placed in honor of John Lennon. I almost fell out of my chair!
He then went on to explain that John Lennon’s son, Julian Lennon, asked if I could somehow incorporate a white feather into my sculpture. Apparently John Lennon told his son Julian that if he should pass away, he would send a message that he was OK through the form of a white feather. When Julian was on a tour in Australia years ago, an aboriginal tribal elder presented him with a white feather.
Following Julian’s request, I agreed to incorporate a white feather into my ‘Peace and Harmony’ monument to represent the spirit of John Lennon.
After I hung up the phone, it took me a moment to register the news I just received. I couldn’t wait to call my family to tell them what just happened. I froze in my tracks when I looked down and saw a small white feather lying on my carpet in front of me. I had never seen one in my apartment before and I did not recall seeing it before or during my phone conversation. I knew at that moment a message from John Lennon was sent to me.
To this day, I keep that white feather in a glass on top of my piano, just like John Lennon did when he composed music.
I believe John Lennon’s spirit is very much alive today, and whenever I look at my white feather, I feel his spirit and energy with me.
About a year ago I came up with an idea for a painting about the concept of world peace. I decided to incorporate a musicaltheme because I believe that music is the common denominator among all people of the world, the one thing that everyone shares regardless of race, religion or nationality.
I named my painting ‘Peace and Harmony’. Later, I was asked to make the painting into a sculpture as part of a Global Peace Initiative to ring the world with sculptures of peace, one on each continent. I began working on the project and was then asked by representatives from The Beatles Story organization if I could place the sculpture in Liverpool as a way to remember the life and work of John Lennon. It was then that I was asked by Julian Lennon, John’s son, to incorporate a white feather into my sculpture, which represents the spirit of his father, John Lennon.
My sculpture eventually evolved into an 18-foot tall metal and glass monument that will be unveiled to the world on October 9th, what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. This monument is dedicated to the spirit of John Lennon and will serve as a symbol of peace to the people of Europe. My hope is that it will be a beacon of light, in memory of John Lennon who devoted the later part of his life to a worldwide peace movement. If my monument helps carry on the unfinished work of John Lennon then I believe I will have done my small part in helping to promote peace and freedom.
Check out the paintings I’ve been working on in my studio for the ‘Peace and Harmony’ painting series that will be displayed in the Liverpool art exhibit this October. The exhibit will be during the unveiling of the ‘Peace and Harmony’ monument on October 9th.
What do you think of these paintings?
Here is a video of how the ‘Peace and Harmony’ monument was created and my experience developing and painting the sculpture during the week I was in Phoenix. Let me know what you think!