Weʼre raising £25,000 to enable the creation and casting of the John Lennon Peace Statue and ignite his “Give Peace a Chance” message.
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My name is Laura Lian. I am a professional artist specialising in sculpture.
I was inspired to create the John Lennon Peace Statue project to help spread John and Yoko’s message of peace and love to the world “we’ve been living in the dark ages of warring too long , it’s time now to live in the light age” as I am sure John would agree.
Laura Lian Michele Turner
Michele Turner is my Manager, and we are both equally committed to ensuring our project is realised.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s campaign for peace began as the Vietnam War raged in 1969. John and his wife Yoko held two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace, one in Amsterdam and in Montreal, each of which were intended to be non-violent protests against wars, and experimental tests of new ways to promote peace. (Ref: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed-Ins_For_Peace: 13 August 2018)
Yoko also conceived The IMAGINE PEACE TOWER which is an outdoor work of art in memory of John Lennon. It is situated on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland.
It is a Tower of Light which emanates wisdom, healing and joy, symbolising Lennon’s and Ono’s continuing campaign for world peace.
John Lennon: Imagine all the people living life in peace
Yoko Ono: A dream you dream alone is only a dream, A dream you dream together is reality.
(Ref: http://imaginepeacetower.com 13 August 2018).
Please note this project is not sanctioned by or connected in any way with the Estate of John Lennon. It is an independent initiative by me.
The life size clay model is very nearly finished as you can see from the picture below. I hope to have it completed for moulding by September to be cast in bronze by early spring 2019.
My aim is to produce two statues, the first one which will tour the UK and Europe, and a second which will tour the USA and Canada. Each of the statues will have different clothing to distinguish between them.
The final sculptures will show John leaning against a peace sign showing some of the lyrics from his song Imagine, along with the phrases “All you need is Love” and “Give Peace a chance”. The picture here show the maquette prototype for the statues;
Objective and Target
I have a clear objective in coming to you. I am asking for help to raise funds to cover the cost of creating, moulding and casting the first of the two statues.
The amount needed is £25,000 to achieve this, the immediate next steps being to create a mould from the clay.
Your donations will cover the following aspects which will enable the creation of the first model and make us ready for the next stage of the project which will be travelling and fund raising for our nominated charity. Once we have that underway we will progress to the production of the second model which will be under a separate funding programme.
@. The creation of the works in clay
@. Creation of mould and final casting in bronze
@. Administration and Public Relations
@. Legal, Copyright, Licensing Fees etc.
Launch and Next Steps
As soon as we have funding available, we will aim to have the mould made from the clay by the end of 2018 and the first statue cast in bronze by March 2019.
We are presently looking for sites at John’s place of birth, Liverpool for a launch in spring 2019.
We are also very excited that Michael Eavis (CBE and creator of the Glastonbury Festival) has agreed to have the John Lennon Peace statue at next years’ Glastonbury festival 26-30 June 2019 which will be its second location after Liverpool. This will be shown in front of the CND tent.
In response to this, Kate Hudson from CND commented:
“CND is delighted that this magnificent statue of John Lennon with the CND peace sign will be joining us at Glastonbury in 2019. It is a beautiful piece of art that will help us in our campaign to promote a more peaceful world. Musicians and artists have a long tradition of supporting CND’s aims and this is only the latest example of culture and campaigning coming together to call for a world without nuclear weapons.”
“The symbol was originally designed for the first anti-nuclear march in 1958 and is the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s logo to this day.”
The remainder of the programme for the statues following Glastonbury will be forthcoming as the plan develops.
Our Nominated Charity
A key aspect of the statue being shown will be to collect donations to our nominated charity, Warchild whose Mission is to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war.
War Child was founded in 1993 by film-makers David Wilson and Bill Leeson. On assignment in the former-Yugoslavia they were horrified by the violence and ethnic cleansing they witnessed and especially its impact on children.
War child work with children affected by war in 9 countries and are aiming to reach 260,000 children by 2019.
You can find out more at the Warchild website .
Copyright: Laura Lian 2018
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me and clay John - ready for mould and cast when Funds come in.
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Oct 9, 2018
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Ian and Ruth Ames-White
Oct 3, 2018
Amazing work Laura! Wishing you every success with the project.
Sep 19, 2018
To help you (a little!!) on your wonderful journey. Much love to you and John.xxx
Sep 11, 2018
Keep up the good work
Pat and Rob
Sep 9, 2018
All the very best Laura!
Sep 9, 2018
A wonderful project and a message of peace that is so important for us to achieve.
Sep 9, 2018
You're doing a great thing here, Laura - keep up the good work!
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Laura Lian www.lauralian.co.uk. Laura Lian is a professional listed artist having sold in the primary market, Christie’s and Bonham’s. Some of her famous collectors are Bernie Ecclestone, Rachel Hunter, Bill Wyman.