The Violata Pax (Wounded Peace) Dove symbolizes beauty and peace, sorrow and tragedy. Where you stand determines what you see. The sculpture was originally commissioned as part of a post-earthquake renovation project for the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The dove is a symbol of peace and life everlasting. The 13-foot tall dove statue has half its scalp ripped off and its right claw torn off

Created by sculptor Fred “Nall” Hollis in 2006, it was, for 10 years, at the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade College, where he was an artist in residence at the New World School of the Arts. It was moved to the campus of Troy University in Montgomery, across the street from the Rosa Parks Museum, in 2017.

Nall said the idea for Violata Pax Dove came to him when he was sitting a cafe in France. “A little pigeon came hopping along on one foot feeding on bread crumbs,” he said. “That wasn’t long after the World Trade Center. And I thought of a wounded dove of peace, Violata Pax.”

In 2006, the sculpture was the backdrop for the United Nations World Peace Day observance in the city of Assisi, Italy. Placed in the doorway to the St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, visitors would enter seeing the damaged side of the Dove. Upon leaving, following prayers and meditations, the visitors encountered the healthy side of the Dove.

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