Monday’s Monument: John Bright Statue, Rochdale, England

Monday’s Monument: John Bright Statue, Rochdale, England

John Bright, the son of a cotton manufacturer, was born in Rochdale in 1811. He received a Quaker education that helped develop a passionate commitment to ideas of political and religious equality and human rights. Bright came to national fame as one of the leaders of...
Monday’s Monument: Rauhanpatsas, Helsinki, Finland

Monday’s Monument: Rauhanpatsas, Helsinki, Finland

The text on the base of the rauhan (peace) patsas (statue) reads: This statue of peace was erected by the people of Finland as a symbol of the peaceful coexistence and friendship of Finland and the Soviet Union; April 6, 1968 The sculptor, Essi Renvall, has said that...
Monday’s Monument: Friedenstauben, Dessau, Germany

Monday’s Monument: Friedenstauben, Dessau, Germany

In this Soviet-era monument — Friedenstauben is German for Peace Doves — eight 10-meter- high flagpoles are joined with two rings. The upper ring is a play on perspective and decorative art, interweaving metallic doves in a continuously braided circular...
Monday’s Monument: Peace Bell, Tirana, Albania

Monday’s Monument: Peace Bell, Tirana, Albania

This peace bell is cast from from 20,000 bullet cartridges, gathered by Catholic children, lead by a Catholic priest, in Shkodra in 1997, following a period of civil unrest in the country in which 2,000 were killed. It is located near the Enver Hoxha Pyramid. The wall...