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Create a canopy of 25 trees for the 1st section of the pathway leading into the Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park at Woodwynn Farms.
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Rough sketch of trees and pathway with entrance near the bench at top.
Rough sketch of trees and pathway with entrance near the bench at top.

Entrance Pathway with Trees leading visitors into The Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park at Woodwynn Farms, a therapeutic community for the homeless. Woodwynn Farms is located in Central Saanich. (Phase 3).

We believe that art can change our world and so we wanted to create a Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park where people could come together and share the joy of life, sampling fruits, herbs and vegetable in a beautiful natural setting. 

We decided to break the project into four phases.

Phase 1:  Secure a piece of land. (Accomplished 2013)

Phase 2:  Create several large scale sculptures. (Accomplished (2010-2013)

Phase 3:  Construct a dramatic entrance pathway and  plant a  row of fruit trees leading to the main sculpture area. Install a large driftwood bench at one end. (Timeline: end of 2013)

This is the phase where we are asking for your help to purchase the fruit trees and landscaping.The idea is to create a visually stunning pathway that leads viewers through a long row of blossoming trees, as people start their adventure into the Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park.

We want people to be able to taste,feel and enjoy the scent of the herbs, vegetables and fruit as they make there way around the complete site. 

These beautiful trees will form the main entranceway. It is a critical element of the overall design of the sculpture park because it will be the first impression viewers will have. 

Visitors will amble down this path on their way to discover the large sculptures carefully set out around the one acre site nestled in a corner of the two hundred acre farm. Each season will offer new sights, sounds and experiences. Birds will make nests in the trees. Fruit will be made into thick tasty jellies. Blossoms will arch overhead and then sprinkle over the earth like snow in the breezes. 

The goal for this kickstarter is $3,000.00 which will fund.

25 fruit Trees - 7ft tall ( will grow to fifteen to twenty feet)

Materials for landscaping - (Soil, gravel, delivery charges)

Documentation - (we will be documenting the process)

Rewards - (costs of producing the rewards and mailing)

My artwork related to peace has taken me around the world. You can view The National Film Board of Canada's documentary, "From Baghdad to Peace Country" which looks at why I do my art  and how I believe art can make our world a better place.

http://www.nfb.ca/film/From_Baghdad_to_Peace_Country/

You can see images of the sculptures and further updated information about the Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park at http://peacesanctuarysculpturepark.org/

We are really excited to see this project happen and hope that you can help in some way. 

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The Future: Phase 4

Phase 4:

A big part of the entire project is to reach out to all the senses. There will be herbs, fruits and vegetables incorporated into every nook and cranny  where possible. 

 With the help of volunteers who are already committed to this project, we plan to construct a further circular pathway leading into the centre of the site where viewers will discover the bronze sculpture, “The Children’s International Peace and Harmony Statue” by American sculptor David Kocka (Indiana, USA).  (This beautiful sculpture was kindly donated by the American foundation "The Cello Cries on Society".)

Also, we are very excited about the idea of incorporating a reflexology aspect to this path by installing different textured materials along the way. People would have the choice of going barefoot to experience different sensations to their feet and lower legs. 

The timeline for Phase Four is 2014.

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Information about rewards for those who support Phase 3 of this projects

Art Cards and Giclees are produced based on the following original painting "Crows in the Wind/blackbirds" by Deryk Houston.

Crows in the Wind/Blackbirds
Crows in the Wind/Blackbirds

Risks and challenges

Every project comes with risks and potential obstacles.
Our project for the pathway and trees is a relatively minor challenge compared to the major challenge of creating and funding the large scale sculptures that will form the backbone of the sculpture park.
The good news is that the sculptures are already created and paid for and are ready to be installed once the landscaping is completed.
The other challenge was to find a location for the Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park. We had heard stories about Woodwynn Farms and loved the wonderful work they were doing with people in the community and so we approached them with the idea of a sculpture park. (Woodwynn is a therapeutic Community for the homeless)
They embraced the idea enthusiastically and agreed to let us use a scrub area of their farmland that wasn't suitable for productive use.
That is how we secured the .7 acre site for the Sculpture Park.
I am the artist in charge of this project but my wife, Elizabeth, and my son Samuel are every bit as much involved. We are a team. We are also grateful to Woodwynn Farms and everything that they bring to this project. We have access to tractors, trucks, good farm food and wonderful people. It is a joint effort in every way.
We don't expect any set backs with this phase of the art project.
I have been involved in many other art projects, under much more difficult circumstances, in the former Soviet Union, Scotland, Iraq and Canada.
I feel I have enough experience to understand the scope of what we are trying to do here and feel very confident that this idea will be very straightforward.
All the stages have been carefully thought out and the most difficult challenges are already completed.
We have the site. We have the sculptures. Now we need help with the landscaping which will enrich and broaden the experience of the Sculpture Park.
If you can help in any way, we would be most appreciative.
Thank you
Deryk Houston - artist, Elizabeth Wellburn - artist, Samuel Houston - artist

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    Recognition on the Peace Sanctuary Sculpture Park web page for anyone who contributes one dollar or more to this project.

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    I would be very happy to give 2 signed art cards for every fifteen dollars donated to this art project and special thanks and recognition on our web site. You also get the beautiful satisfaction of knowing that you played a part in enhancing this sculpture park.

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    For your fifty dollar donation I would give you 5 signed art cards. You would also get special thanks and recognition on our web site, plus the beautiful satisfaction of knowing that you played a part in enhancing this sculpture park.

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    For one hundred dollars I would name a tree in the name of your choice. There will be 25 crab apple trees used in the sculpture park walkway. These trees will have white blossoms and yield fruit which the farm will make into jelly each season. A photo of your tree and your small plaque will be posted on our web site.

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    For each five hundred dollar pledge, I will send you a 30"X30" high quality giclee reproduction printed on canvas of one of my paintings inspired at Woodwynn Farms,a Therapeutic Community for the homeless. The painting is titled "Blackbirds".
    The giclee would be shipped in a rolled tube in order to keep shipping costs to a minimum.

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    I would be happy to create a 24"X30" original painting of a scene featuring Woodwynn Farms,a Therapeutic Community for the homeless.
    The farm is located in one of the most beautiful valleys here on Vancouver Island.

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