Beacon of Peace and Hope

Located near the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the Beacon of Peace and Hope was erected by Women's Action for New Directions (WAND).

The symbolic design of Beacon and Hope:
The highest light represents PEACE, and the lower, HOPE.
PEACE is elevated because it is tangible and achievable.
It represents one of the highest and yet most elusive goals in today's violent world.
The HOPE light is lowered and reverent. It is below the surface.
It is not tangible. It is personal and represents individual dreams.

The main structure resembles heavy timbers lashed together.
These represent strength and stability. These structures are designed to be strong enough to hold massive ships in place against moving currents, tidal forces and the strong winds that would sweep them away. It is symbolic of the steadfastness required to secure the ideas of PEACE and HOPE in a world where both are in constant peril.

PEACE and HOPE are held by a single element,
not separated by supports, but by a single elegant curve.
This curved armature represents the connection between these two ideas.
It symbolizes the common thread that binds PEACE to HOPE and HOPE to PEACE.

We desire that this sculpture will inspire those who view it to think of a world where PEACE and HOPE survive hand in hand. It is our goal that the Beacon will inspire people to find ways to advance the ideals of PEACE and HOPE and to share them with their descendants. Without the young, there is no one to carry on. Without PEACE and HOPE, there is no reason to.

The Beacon is surrounded by The Peace Garden, planted in memory of Frederick "Sandy" Philips (1961-1988), who was one of 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

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