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“La Mano de la Paz”

“The Hand of Peace”

A Public Art Sculpture Installation

Location:Tijuana, Mexico

by  Chaa Youn Woo, Artist

“La Mano de la Paz” – “The Hand of Peace” – is a significant sculpture that will add positive inspiration to a major port of entry to Latin America. It will be located in a high poverty area on the beaches of Tijuana, Mexico.

The sculpture will sit in the Jardin Binacional of Playas de Tijuana (Bi-national Garden of the beaches of Tijuana) located at the northern most point of Latin America, approximately 20’ from the border of the United States (San Diego) and 60' from the Pacific Ocean.

Latin America refers to those countries that speak  romance languages like Spanish, French and Portuguese all derived from Latin. Countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean make up Latin America.  In 2008 the Latin American population was estimated at 570 million.  The “La Mano de la Paz” sculpture will become a generator for peaceful energy. A whimsical yet thought provoking peaceful environment will be created for tourists and locals who visit or live in the area, giving the public the opportunity to interact with the Art installation on a daily basis.

The intention for this monumental sculpture is to provide a blessing and a symbol of hope. This large 28’ interactive fine art sculpture will certainly help to bring positive attention to the area. 

Chaa says about his sculpture, “We all have a dream, we all wish our dreams will come true. My dream is to create Peaceful change with Art. Art cannot hurt you.  I am from the little peninsula country of Korea that is divided north and south. In the middle of Korea we have a “closed border.” Nobody can cross because it has mine fields.  Playas Tijuana is located at the north end of Latin America and its border is an “open border”.  Many people pass by this border everyday.  Almost every second a person passes through this border; it is amazing to me. I know it has a lot of problems, but at least there is no military conflict. This is the place that I want to put peaceful magical Art for everybody to enjoy. I mean everybody.”

Where the 20th century Mexican Social Realist painters unflinchingly presented severe and seemingly timeless social realities, for example, Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry depicts the laborers as hard powerful cogs in a giant wheel of corporate industry, Chaa, Youn Woo a 21st century artist affected by the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960’s, infuses a “pop” edge to this sculpture. “La Mano de la Paz” following the styles of artists like Banksy or Swedish artist Claes Oldenburg.

This effort by Chaa Youn Woo, “La Mano de la Paz” is the first step that will encourage the installation of other “Peace” sculptures around the world, where people need hope and a reminder that peace is possible in the midst of their harsh surroundings.

The sculpture “La Mano de la Paz” will become a generator for peaceful energy.  A Hand signal of peace and victory, using galvanized metal wire to create a finger print shape, symbolizing the uniqueness of each person. (Even identical twins have different fingerprints.) It will consist of 10,000 feet of steel wire (Illustration A).   At night it will have colorful lighting so that people in San Diego can see this symbol of Latin America’s ‘Peace.’

The middle base element of the sculpture will have a snowflake crystal fractal image that will morph constantly, 24 hours a day, very similar to the uniqueness of the human race. The morphing of the snowflakes will be initiated by sound stimulation via the innate sound track or people’s individual interaction with this element. The artist says about this part of the sculpture: “Snowflakes are snowflakes, humans are humans, both are constantly unique.  Both are not going to last forever.”  A solar panel 8’x8’ will supply all of the electricity for the LCD lighting, sound and interactive snow flake image and the 3 water pumps. The round stainless steel base edge of the ring has a water system to create a water curtain and mist. The water elements embrace the notion that it is a source of life and celebration. The misty water crystal cloud will envelop the viewers and help them feel a sense of peace. This element will make people that are accustomed to the desert climate feel a hopeful richness.

Mano de la Paz slideshow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezWQqZdVZds

Press:

San Diego City Beat- "One Giant Gesture" -March 21, 2012 - http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-10316-one-giant-gesture-la-mano-de-la-paz.html

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