Friday, September 21, 2012

Weekly Challenge #87- "String Theory v. XII: Pinwheels For Peace v. II"

Today, September 21, is the International Day of Peace.  In celebration our weekly challenge was to create a 'Pinwheel for Peace'.  Our pinwheels would contribute to Pinwheels for Peace–originally started as an art instillation by two Florida high school teachers with only 500, 000 pinwheels in 2005.  On September 21, 2011 the number of pinwheels contributed to Pinwheels for Peace, including contributions from the Diva Challenge, had grown to 3.5 million.

I was first introduced to Taoism and the symbol of the Yin Yang my freshman year of high school during our unit on world religions.  Since then the Yin Yang has been an ever present symbol in my life (it is actually a permanent symbol at this point).  I have best heard it described as a balance of opposites.  When trying to decide what to draw for the International Day of Peace I thought back to this balance of opposites.  What is peace if nothing else but finding harmony among those with differences.  So, for my pinwheel I went back to my old friend because, like in so many situations, I believe he conveys exactly what I wanted to say.



-Jennifer Gayle

5 comments:

ledenzer said...

What a great idea! It turned out beautifully!

Anne's tangle blog said...

Beautiful and true!

Dilip Patel said...

Great rendition with yin-yang theme.

Helen said...

great idea to use the symbol in the centre. looks lovely.

kp said...

harmony among differences is so important. I wish more people felt that way. very nice job, and thanks for explaining your thoughts behind your work.