Sculpture Celebrating Those Who Have Worked for Nonviolent Social Change
I am a sculptor who has done a series of 20 sculpture portraits of people from different cultures and countries who have or are working for Nonviolent Social Change.
This series was to educate children and be a reminder to others of the importance of making social change without violence. Once my sculpture of Gandhi was in a library and every book about him was checked out for the three weeks it was there, I realized the power of sculptural form and continued this series with people who were inspired by Gandhi or did similar work for nonviolent social change. I was in Southern California at the time where in going into a classroom there would be children from many different cultures and countries so it was important to me to have ones that they could relate to. I am a story teller first and a sculptor second, it was the stories that were most important to tell and the sculptures have given me a voice to tell these stories as it seemed children did not have the hero knowledge or weren't paying attention to the importance of lives such as these. I have seven grandchildren, so this was most important to me.
I have been on the radio, and a local TV program, and will do another radio show Sept 7th. You can hear the my interview on the web at www.nwtradio.com/ Now We're Talking radio show. Go to Archives and click on Meera Censor interview.
Please see my website, at www.humanitariansculpture.com. There Click on Gallery and then on each name on the list. A photo will appear with the web address of each person and organization they represent, books about them and or quotes from them about nonviolence. This series took seven years to complete. One copy of the sculpture of Danilo Dolci, called "the Gandhi of Sicily" was given to the town he lived in and changed without violence and is in front of a High School there in Trappeto Sicily. School children from the area are brought to the sculpture to hear of Dolci's life and work for nonviolence.
A copy of Chief Joseph was given to the Nez Perce tribe and is in a Forrest Service visitors center at Lolo Pass in Idaho on the Lewis and Clark, Traditional Nez Perce Trail. I am told that when people come to the Visitor's Center the frequently say that the sculpture is one of their favorite things, and Nez Perce will come and weep.
I donated a copy of the Mother Theresa sculpture to a Hospital in Los Angeles, and have donated sculptures to fund raisers in various organizations. The sculpture is there to uplift and inspire.
This all was accomplishes without grants etc, from my own funds. I am still looking for a permanent venue for the whole series and hope to have it all on permanent public display somewhere. I am a grandmother and was able to sell always just enough to make the next sculpture. I have not been able to continue and need as the funds are not there to do so at present, however if they are placed them perhaps I can continue.
I have donated to the Tariq Khamisa foundation www.tkf.org. The Center for Nonviolent Communication funds from sales of my sculpture of Dr Marshall Rosenberg it's founder.
The whole journey with my work has been amazing. I found my self in Sicily unveiling a sculpture to the town of a man who I greatly admired, at the opening of Lolo Pass Visitors Center with the Nez Perce as their guest, with some cheerful Nuns most grateful for the sculpture, and with many others who have chosen to read books about these heroes because of seeing the three dimensional work.
I feel blessed to have been on this journey especially since I never had the opportunity for art training. since I was a busy working mother with five children to raise a great deal of my life, when I started this project. In fact is was because of my ignorance that I was not stopped for seven years trusting that it was my passionate mission to complete them and that someday they would all find homes.
Mahatma K. Gandhi
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