The Brian Lehrer Show is asking you to re-imagine the peace sign.
Inspired by the Chinese symbol for Peace. Made during the lead-up to the Iraq war, 2003. Swords into Plowshares. Currently in a solo exhibit at Jade Eatery and Lounge in Forest Hills, NY until May 1, 2012
STOP NO PEACE. Double Negative. Convergence of 3 signs, stemming from my NO PEACE design. The world is lacking in peace and this should stop.
STOP NO PEACE.
Convergence of 2 signs; a little more in tune with the worlds rate of peace. NO PEACE. Both this image and the previous submission are graphic versions from my recent paintings, this was the first of the two images I created, but since Im not advocating NO PEACE, I made the subsequent version, STOP NO PEACE.
One Love, PEACE OUT.
The colors and shapes of peace are soft, quiet, relaxed, gentle and safe.
This is number 30
I am an artist, a painter. Have an ongoing series of paintings titled PEACE PAINTINGS. Agree that Peace needs to be re-imagined. This is number 26.
The Routledge Publishers promotional text for Chris Hables Gray's 2005 book Peace, War, and Computers asserts: "Computers are at the heart of war today: the U.S. Navy relies on Palm Pilots as much as fighter pilots. American cybersaboteurs unleashed computer viruses against Slobodon Milosevic in Yugoslavia. Even Marxist guerrillas in Colombia reported that the computers they used to track kidnappings were Y2K compliant. A visionary and disarming overview of cyberwar in the 21st century."
But computers are merely tools, certainly more amoral than guns (which are designed only to kill). And while computers have become increasingly central to military operations, they have also played a larger role in peace-building, the expansion of democratic ideas, and the spread of humanitarian aid and social welfare. Computers, as access points to the Web, have also demonstrated their efficacy in the toppling of dictators. The role of social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook in last year's Arab Spring are a clear testament to this fact.
Like the fictional Magneto of the X-Men series, the Peace Option Key isn't real. However, unlike the comic book villain, it offers the alternate view: Peace is an option. And as we exist increasingly within a computerized world, having a Peace Option Key illustrates not only the possibility that peace is within our reach (i.e., it is literally right in front of us), but also that the globalism that the internet engenders can—and should—be used a tool to achieve a global peace.
The Peace Link
1. An Individual's personal spirituality.
2. A group's religious beliefs.
3. Other groups' rights to their religious beliefs.
Three necessary components to peace would need to include; an individual's right to perceive God in whatever form they wish, a group's right to adhere to whatever beliefs and traditions that they like, and thirdly and most importantly, the acceptance of other groups' to adhere to whatever beliefs that they have.
Peace might be possible if all three agree to respect the other group, and agree never to use force or violence to impose the others belief onto them.
I am 14 years old and my design is a combination of peace and kindness to the environment. The green color is a reference to recycling and the idea of three is considered a symbol of unity. The circles and roundness allude to continuation and never ending. The lines extend out of the circle to represent growth and new experiences but the lines return into the circle to remind us of where we came from. It captured serenity and peacefulness within the edge-less circle.
The right fist gently pushed against the open left hand, done with a slight bow. This is how students of eastern practices like yoga, tai chi and chi gong greet their teachers. It is a sign of respect for the other person and could also symbolize that the fist is stopped by the open left hand.
<i>Empower Peace</i>, 2011
This image discusses the struggle, and possible end of war between the US and the Middle East. I reconfigured the empower fist, most widely known from the civil rights movement here in the United States to show a peace sign also symbolic of that time period.
If you compare a typical flag of a middle eastern country, the colors tend to be a mix of red, green, black, and white. There may also be a star within the design. The American flag shares the red and white colors and also the star imagery. I combined the green from the middle eastern flags and the blue from the american flag to represent unity in turquoise.
Using the original "V" hand sign for peace as an inspiration, this "vis-à-vis" hand sign is two letter P's from the American Manual Alphabet. Unlike the original peace sign, the vis-à-vis double-P sign requires two people to execute, and can be used as a greeting of peace. The "P" can stand for the word peace, and the two "P's" indicate an elevated level of peace; i.e., "peace squared." In addition, "P.P." can also be an acronym for "Pan paniscus," the scientific name for the bonobo, the more peaceful cousin of the aggressive chimpanzee. Unlike chimps, bonobos solve their problems by having sex. This vis-à-vis double-P sign, because it is a hand sign, can also be used to communicate with great apes.
A new sign of peace for the digital age. Let the image speak for itself.
It is derived from the existing sign. (MEMORY)
It is open ended. (VOLUNTARY)
It is symmetrical. (BALANCE)
The sides enter a process from opposite ends and continue UPWARDS, sharing an open road. (Going back requires hitting a wall on the way down).
Here's another of my Stars4Peace a full flag version..with We The People added...
Here's another version of my Stars4Peace Series...the script on this was chosen and modified by Alan Shear of Woodstock NY...brother of Jules Shear the songwriter...