San Lawrenz to host installation of P A X – The Puzzle that is Peace
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Tomorrow evening, in front of the San Lawrenz Parish Church, the installation will begin of P A X – The Puzzle that is Peace.
Those present will be asked to choose a stone from a nearby mound, then wash it – purifying it in Gozo Fennel water, and place their stone inside the giant PAX letters, contributing to the Gozo Prayer for Peace.
A small group will also enact a commencement of a short ritual that pledges the mind, heart strength and courage to all corners of the earth for peace.
Organised by the Gozo Performance Group, this community project is directly inspired from the inspiration of St Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Italy, where a hedge in the shape of PAX sits on the grass before it.
The Group said that, “defenders require courage. Peace poems are read and we wear red gags representing those who can take no action, nor speak for Peace.”
Gozo stones and peace symbols from around the world help make up the Puzzle. “Peace is a Puzzle and we all should do what we can.”
They explained that for people who feel strongly about events around the world this installation is an artwork that enables a way in, by an action in the form of personal prayer.
The installation in San Lawrenz will be taking place tomorrow, Monday, the 27th of August, starting from around 6pm.
‘Peace’ is the theme for installations, performance and an exhibition which will be part of this project. Details of other dates can be found here.
Photograph by Alain Salvary from the introduction to PAX held at Ggantija Temples in April