A ‘peace’ of art

Stonemason George Sweeney Jnr with the Peace Pole in the Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy.
Stonemason George Sweeney Jnr with the Peace Pole in the Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy.

A NEW ‘peace’ of Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park is set to be unveiled on May 26.

On that day at noon, after more than two years in the planning, Fife Interfaith Group will take the covers off a spectacular ‘Peace Pole’.

More than 100,000 peace poles have now been erected worldwide but the two-metre high Kirkcaldy version is relatively unusual in that it has been carved in stone.

The Interfaith Group had originally planned just to plant a tree as a sign of their commitment to peace but when it became aware that a corner of the Kirkcaldy park was to be revitalised the possibility of something even more appropriate came about.

Language

More usually carved in wood, every peace pole is four-sided and on each face, in a different language, are the words ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’.

In Kirkcaldy the languages being used are English, Polish, Urdu and Arabic.

The sandstone pole and its plinth have been donated by Glenrothes businessman George Sweeney Jnr, who cut it to size at his factory in Glenrothes, with a core-drilled stainless steel rod being inserted for support and strength.

Centrepiece

The engraving was done by his ornamental sculptor friend John Thomson of J.Y. Thomson Memorial Masons in Leven, and within the last few days the finishing touches have been put in place at the specially created garden in the Beveridge Park where the pole will provide a centrepiece.

“I was very impressed by the concept of the peace pole,” said Mr Sweeney, “and I was delighted to be able to donate the stone and the labour required to help ensure that this wonderful message can reach as many people as possible.”

Local schoolchildren and youth groups have been invited to the ceremony on May 26 and they will be joined by a local choir, while representatives from all participating religions will be performing items relevant to their beliefs and ethnic origins.