A reader sent this wonderful photograph to us back in early December and I had been thinking about a way to share it with everyone. This seems to me a fitting space. Thanks Jim.
Peace Rock was such an inspiring place for most everyone who saw it and it was a sad day when we realized it was gone. We here at the OB Rag want to thank the Peace Rockers for their tireless efforts in bringing the Peace Sign back to Ocean Beach and offer up big cudos to Doc, the Manager of the OB International Hostel, and the owner, John, who both supported the latest project here in OB.
There are others to thank but we may never know their names. The following was sent to us by the Peace Rockers to share a little more history about the Peace Rocks project. Did you know that there were others? Make sure to check out theand give them a few cudos yourself! Read on…
December 31, 2008
On Memorial Day weekend, 2006, a small group of long-time locals -calling themselves “Peace Rockers” – installed a stunning stained-glass Peace Sign atop the magnificent rock off the shores of Sunset Cliffs.
No political statement was ever intended by the design. Rather, the Peace Rockers hoped the Sign would inspire a continual contemplation on tolerance, on harmony, and on the desire of all people for an end to violence. Regrettably, the sign was removed by persons unknown in the middle of the night in January of 2008, and was never returned.
A second Peace Rocks installation went up in April of 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Unfortunately, a larger-than-expected late spring swell washed the sign away shortly thereafter.
A third sign was installed in Carmel, California, in July of 2008. That one lasted only a short time, and was removed by local Park Rangers.
Encouraged by the generally positive reaction to their installation, but discouraged by the complications of maintaining a “guerilla” art project on public property, the Peace Rockers sought a sanctioned site in their hometown – Ocean Beach – for their fourth installation. They quickly settled on the O.B. International Hostel as the desired location, as its very existence is an embodiment of all of the international goodwill we hope the peace sign projects.
Working anonymously through a representative on the Ocean Beach Town Council, the Peace Rockers made contact with the manager and the owner of the Hostel, and secured their permission for the present installation. Now, on New Year’s Eve Day, 2008, the Peace Rockers make this sign as a gift to the community.
Hoping for Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward All, we wish everyone a Happy New Year!
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Make sure to take a walk down Newport Avenue between 8 and 9 pm when the
Peace Sign lights up the OB night!