Conscientious Objectors’ Memorial Design Launch

On 15 May the Opposing War Memorial design will be revealed at a launch event following the International Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil in Edinburgh.

Opposing War: Memorial Design Launch
15 May. 6:30 – 8pm. Doors 6:10pm for a cup of Tea
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St., Edinburgh EH1 2JL
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Following the offer of a site in Princes St Gardens civil society and peace groups held a competition and invited four artists to submit designs for a memorial to conscientious objectors and all who oppose war. Edinburgh based artist Kate Ive’s design has been selected and a maquette will be unveiled at the launch.

Winning Artist Kate Ive

Kate’s design will pay tribute to First World War COs and the continuing diverse peace movement. We hope the finished sculpture will be installed by April next year, the centenary of the end of the First World War for COs who were imprisoned until April 1918.

At the launch Dr. Lesley Orr will talk about opposition to the First World War in Scotland, and Kate Ive will talk about the design concept, and how people can be involved in creating this beautiful and enduring monument to war resisters in Scotland’s capital city.

With the centenary of the First World War many of us felt that those who refused to fight and who opposed that unfortunate war should be remembered. We also wanted to address the preponderance of memorials to wars in public space, wars which were not glorious, but actually horrific.

Edinburgh has 37 war memorials, with eight in Princes St Gardens, a World Heritage site visited by millions of people. A perfect setting for a memorial that questions the prevailing view that war is necessary and even good, a view that, arguably leads us to resort, at times unnecessarily, to war. We hope this memorial will start conversations about the possibility of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

The event will launch a campaign to raise funds for the next phase of the project – including completion of technical drawings to be submitted for approval by City committees, before the sculpture can be installed.

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Donations to the Memorial will be requested. Or donate today!

The Launch event follows the Conscientious Objectors Day vigil from 5- 6pm by the National Gallery off Princes St.

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