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Peace Doves - Message of Peace & Hope

Mary Sewell
16th January 2023

In February 2023 Rochester Cathedral will be transformed by ‘Peace Doves’ an artwork by Peter Walker Sculptor.

Internationally-renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker has created a massive flock of individually hand-made paper birds which will hang from the ceiling from 11 February to 21 April.

A Symbol of Peace

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.

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.

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

Rochester Cathedral view from castle gardens

Feeling Romantic... Want to Pop the Question?

A romantic and unique date opportunity this Valentine’s Day at Rochester Cathedral

Enjoy a glass of prosecco under a flock of paper doves this Valentine’s Day. Experience Peter Walker Sculptor’s beautiful ‘Peace Doves’ art installation after dark.

The stunning and thought provoking art installation will be bathed in light as the sun sets on our medieval nave.

Tickets include one glass of prosecco per person. A bar will be open throughout the evening. 

Tickets £12 + booking fee. Click here to book your tickets.

Jordan Ravenhill - local musician

Evening of music under the Peace Doves

Enjoy an evening of live music under Peter Walker Sculptor’s stunning Peace Doves.

Up and coming local musician, Jordan Ravenhill, will be performing on Saturday, 18 February.

Jordan Ravenhill is a talented singer/songwriter/musician from Medway. This is his first time performing at Rochester Cathedral.

Tickets - £10 Adults/£8 Child, under 3s free.

To book your tickets, click here.

Celebrate Ukrainian culture under Peace Doves

Enjoy music, prayers and poetry under the beautiful setting of Peace Doves by Peter Walker Sculptor on Friday, 24 February.

The evening will include performances by Ewa Belmas, a Ukrainian Organist living in Kent.

Event fully booked.

More Information

Rochester Cathedral is England's second oldest, founded by Bishop Justus. The present building dates back to the work of the French monk Bishop Gundulf in 1083. The glorious Norman architecture of the nave, parts of the crypt, as well as one of the finest Romanesque facades in England. It's been a place of worship and prayer for centuries.

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