In February 2023 Rochester Cathedral will be transformed by ‘Peace Doves’ an artwork by Peter Walker Sculptor.
Bringing a message of peace and hope, the Peace Doves artwork has been created from thousands of individually hand made paper doves, together they collectively form this beautiful artwork which as a whole reflects joining together in unity, peace and hope moving forward.
Peace Doves is an artwork that has been re-curated for different spaces as it tours the UK, adaptations have been seen in Liverpool, Lichfield, Derby and now at Sheffield and Rochester.
The Peace Doves project has incorporated educational engagement with many schools and community groups in the local area and each person has written individual messages of peace and hope onto each dove.
Throughout history the dove has been viewed as a symbol of peace in many different cultures. For example in Greek mythology the dove is a symbol of the renewal of life, and liturgically within the Bible the dove appears at the Baptism of Jesus in the river Jordon and in the teachings of Noah and the Ark as a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Want to get involved?
The cathedral needs your help to create the doves for this artwork and have doves available at the Cathedral. Please write a message of peace on a paper dove and place the dove in the basket. Your dove will join thousands of other doves to form the final installation.
Share your images using hashtag #peacedoves