The Peace Angels Project in a snapshot
Contemporary artist, Lin Evola architected the Peace Angels Project™ in 1992 in response to children being gunned down in the streets of LA.
• The Peace Angels Project takes violence from the world and uses it as raw material to create symbols of peace.
• The sculptures are made from decommissioned nuclear missile stainless and other weapons metal and many of the paintings use granulized weapons metal in the paint.
• To appreciate the tenacity of Lin Evola as an artist and activist, you have to imagine US law enforcement handing over hundreds of thousands of weapons to a private citizen and how unlikely that is. Only Lin Evola.
• A recent Huffington Post story noted that it is a lot easier to buy a gun than to dispose of one. The Peace Angels Project promotes awareness for options available for disposal while inspiring people to contribute weapons to peace-focused art.
• The USA Weapons Destruction Campaign™ is a Peace Angels Project™ initiative in partnership with Sims Metal Management, worldwide. The media campaign promotes awareness of how to dispose of firearms via local law enforcement in each city. Law enforcement then transports the weapons to Sims for use in Peace Angels Project art.
• The Peace Angels Project intends to erect 64-foot monuments made from 1 million weapons each in New York, Los Angeles, Silicone Valley, and beyond.
The Renaissance Peace Angel
Now in the permanent collection at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York.
On Nov 2, 2018, the 11-foot Renaissance Peace Angel was officially welcomed into the permanent collection at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Made from Bronze, decommissioned weapons, and violence, the sculpture became a symbol of hope to first responders in the days and months after the towers fell.
In 2001, the Renaissance Peace Angel was delivered to New York City, and placed near Ground Zero. In the days, weeks, and months following the unyielding and painstaking search, rescue and recovery missions by our first responders, our heroes began putting personal inscriptions on the base of the Peace Angel. Their messages, their prayers, have become embodied in the soul of the Renaissance Peace Angel, and epitomize our aspirations for peace.
According to Jan Ramirez, Chief Curator of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, “Your efforts to have that inspiring sculpture installed on Canal Street soon after the World Trade Center catastrophe, placed the Angel in direct visual contact with thousands of police officers, firefighters, construction workers and volunteers. There, greeting passersby on a cement base encircled with the signatures of those toiling on The Pile, your Peace Angel served a landmark of healing for the Ground Zero community. In the wake of the 2001 attacks, the Angel reminded us that, as a global society, we are empowered with choices to confront conflict with nonviolent responses.”
The Mission of the Peace Angels Project
Founded by American contemporary artist, Lin Evola, the Peace Angels Project is conceptual art with a powerful message: expressing our responsibility as humans to create a better world. By using melted down street weapons and the stainless steel core of decommissioned missiles to create large-scale sculptures that are powerful images of kindness, compassion, and unity, the Peace Angels Project permanently transforms these weapons of mass destruction into life-affirming symbols of peace.
Lin Evola. Artist—Arms Dealer—Peacemaker
Lin Evola is the architect of the Peace Angels Project. She believes that art overcomes the constraints of the word, and the power of images can incite or inspire. Utilizing her skills as a conceptual artist, Evola creates inspirational images with the power to challenge us to put an emphasis on peace so that human beings can continue to exist. Her drawings, watercolors and sculptures tap into the life-affirming passions that bind humanity together, reminding us that we all have the capacity to interrupt the cycle of violence and transform it into a cycle of peace. The possibilities for each of us to build a more peaceful world are endless if we each embrace the expectation and moral fortitude to decisively work towards change. Lin Evola began the Peace Angels Project in 1992 as an active art project that invites weapon donations, converting the once destructive armament materials into compelling images which provoke the possibilities of peace. During the more than twenty years of building the Peace Angels Project, creating art has been Evola’s way of working out philosophical insights and foundational thoughts that have become actualized as the Peace Angels Project. Evola’s sculptures and paintings integrate symbols of both affirmation and challenge to reach beyond words and touch a place deep inside of each of us. Her art pairs ancient symbols with weapons materials as she asks us to find common ground when we disagree, rather than to take up arms against one another. From primordial times to today, human beings have used symbols to represent prevailing cultural mores and expected standards for human behavior.
Recognition for the work
“In 2007 when I first saw a “Peace Angel” at Westwood Gallery in New York, I was immediately attracted to the sculpture’s formal qualities and its expressive figurativism. Clearly, this was an artist who had been inspired by the Renaissance masters, and I particularly noted the affinity of this angel with those drawn by Raphael. I vividly recall having thought to myself that here was an artist who had struck upon a completely original concept, and whose works could have a significant cultural impact if only more broadly promoted. Indeed, here was art that could strike a chord in every person on earth.”Peter Hastings Falk
“In examining the history of art, Evola’s Peace Angel sculptures can be discussed in the context of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg.” Julia Ernst, Founding Curator, the Saatchi Collection
“The authenticity of Lin Evola’s art delivers us, gratefully, beyond the soul killing loop of postmodern irony and into the spiritual awakening of a new Renaissance where the artist stands on the sacred ground of myth.” L.P. Streitfeld, Art Critic
History of The Peace Angels Project
Founded in 1992 by American contemporary artist, Lin Evola, the Peace Angels Project is a conceptual art project that serves as a reminder of the worldwide epidemic of violence and our responsibility as humans to create a better world, by using the melted down stainless core of decommissioned missiles to create powerful images of peace and unity.
It is the intention of Evola to install 64’ tall Peace Angel monuments globally, beginning with New York and Los Angeles. Composed of decommissioned nuclear stainless, street weapons and weapons of mass destruction, the monuments will serve their communities as symbols of peace. Weapons to be used for their construction are being requested globally through law enforcement, government and the media.
Evola’s original Renaissance Peace Angel stood 13’ tall on Canal Street following the World Trade Center tragedy – widely remembered as serving as a symbol of hope for those affected. The sculpture will find its permanent home in fall 2016, when it is installed within the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
In 2016, Evola announced her collaboration with renowned fashion and art photographer, Udo Spreitzenbarth to develop “The Reflection Series,” a Peace Angels Project initiative. Together they will invite ten influential philanthropists to sit for portraits, to be transformed into super mirrors using the titanium metal of street weapons and weapons of mass destruction. Revenue generated from these portraits will finance the substantial production costs, as well as help fund the overall mission of the Peace Angels Project - removing weapons from our communities.
"Since 1992, contemporary American artist Lin Evola has been using her art as a platform to promote peace. Actuating the “swords to plowshares” paradigm, citizens are engaged as weapons are collected through law enforcement and transformed from instruments of death into 64-foot monuments to peace."
- Huffington Post.