Carissa Robishaw, Erin Paradies, Danielle Sedlacek, Katie Sweeney
and Harrison Letterii, all members of the Highland Middle School
Student Council, and their teacher Terry Cilento-Dolan, met with
Jim Fawcett, local artist and sculptor, who designed the new Peace
Sculpture in his Studio at 4 River Road. The new Peace Sculpture
was dedicated at the Highland Middle School on Wednesday, April
25, 2007 at 10:00 am.
students helped plan the ceremony. They have accepted the donation
of the Peace Sculpture and will be responsible for the upkeep of
the Park. The Peace Park was originally dedicated on August 26,
1995 in a ceremony involving many local, national and international
dignitaries. Benches were added by personal donations of several
community members. A few years ago the original Peace Pole, carved
by local cabinetmaker George Sidgwick, began to weather and split.
As a result it had to be removed.
students learned that the design for the Peace Sculpture started
with a particular piece of wood that has been in Jim Fawcett’s
studio, pellegriniana, a kind of Bubinga known as Kevazingo that
was shipped from Africa.
Fawcett said, "I’ve always wanted to use it in a meaningful
way; to display its beauty, toughness and endurance and to honor
the tree and the world from which it came. Making the Kevazingo
into a monument for the Highland Peace Park was the ideal use.”
The students were fascinated with the techniques that Mr. Fawcett
used to cut the board in half, shape it and put it back together
again with glue and hand made hardware. They saw that the brass
hardware would have the word PEACE inscribed on it in eleven languages,
including Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Hebrew and Braille.
Each student received a small model of the sculpture which they
used as nametags and took home as a souvenir of their afternoon.
In closing Mr. Fawcett said “It may be hubris for me to think
that I can improve on this exceptional wood, but I am a maker, so
I do my best to make peace with a piece of wood.”
Ms. Terry Scott commissioned Mr. Fawcett’s Peace Sculpture.
On April 25, 2007 she donated this work of art to the Highland Schools
in honor of her late husband Logan Scott. The Student Council, under
the direction of their advisor Christina Tantillo, is accepting
donations of any amount to help them continue their work of refurbishing
the Park. Please send donations to the Highland Middle School Student
Council, 71 Main St. Highland, NY.
more information on this project contact Madeline Labriola (845)
Peace Park Committee
Fawcett, local artist and sculptor who designed the new Peace Sculpture
Middle School students unveiling the PEACE POLE
PEACE POLE IS ENHANCED WITH PLAQUES THAT SAY "PEACE" IN