Commissioned by Soka Gakkai of Tokyo, Los Angelas and Chicago to commemorate a 50 year mission by President Daisaku Ikeda for social justice. Urged by witnessing an act of racial injustice in 1960 in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Daisaku Ikeda vowed to make his presidency a mission to rid the world of racial injustices. This sculpture marks a fifty year effort and shows two boys, one black and one white, who live on the same block and go to the same school. It also marks the next 50 years with this as their beginning.
"Peace and Justice" is installed in Lincoln Park's Peace Garden along the bike path and beside a multiracial and economically diverse community. The sculpture symbolizes the time when two boys of different races can play together and start their life with the same opportunities.
The story of the incident Daisaku Ikeda witnessed is written on the base of the sculpture which rise up to 10 feet tall to be seen from Lake Shore Drive.
Margot McMahon was commissioned by Soka Gakkai of Tokyo to commemorate the 50 year effort for social justice. She work directly with directors in Chicago to create and cast the sculpture as well as prepare the installation for the unveiling ceremony and cultural arts award ceremony.
Share Via Email
CODA: Collaboration of Design + Art
The global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artworks.
[ manifesto ]
Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.