Redesigning PEACE

I just heard that Brian Lehrer on WNYC has invited Milton Glazer to his show to look at redesigning peace. Well I did that a couple of years ago and here is the result. What to do with the symbol is the question though. Below is an excerpt from my blog in January of 2010 where I first posted the symbol. It is time to make the commitment to peace and a new symbol that is not based on “ban the bomb”. No positive activity will come from any symbol, or title of a program or initiative that is blossomed from it’s opposite. Only the opposite will prevail.

“As my offering to this new decade I want to share with you a new peace sign created because of the inspiration of my dear friend Robyn. It means I (the straight line) enter wOrld (the circle) and greet You (the y) with loVe ( the V or a tilted L) whichever you prefer. I prefer to think of it as a v because v is close to the heart of the word love.

This sign is rich with meaning: first it is upright reaching toward the sky and welcoming active peace. This makes it a contract or a commitment to live by peace. This symbol represents not just a passive alignment with the idea of peace. It appears like the tree of life affirming life and celebration. The I which is you or me is partly out of the world acknowledging that we are of a greater reality and merely playing in this world. I is enveloped by you before world showing that all of our interactions are with conscious presence in other forms whether it is people, animals, trees or even Mother Earth herself; we cannot be separated.  And love represented by the V is the connecting force between You and I.”

Greek/Danish/Venez Commission

Here is a new flag that was a great honor to make. I was asked to create a wedding present for a friend to give and after a bit of back and forth discussion this is the design that we agreed upon. I wanted to make something modern and bright that honored the heritage of the couple which is Greek, Danish and Venezuelan.
It is made with Italian sycamore wood veneer that is made to bend then cut by computer laser, painted by me and finally constructed by a master carpenter. The detail of the laser cutting is so amazing and inspiring to me.
Expect to see more flags with laser cuts.

Below is the custom packaging that I made for the flag too: