Peace Garden

The Honda Outdoor Sculpture Garden was funded by Honda Corporation and dedicated in 1997 on the 10th anniversary of The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center of Bluffton University. This outdoor setting reflects various aspects of peace and recognizes the efforts of individuals who lived the message of peace for the sake of others. The sculpture garden includes The Peace Wall and Moon Gate, Jonah and the Whale, Peace House and Peace Thrones.

There is no way to peace.  Peace is the way.   - A.J. Muste

PEACE HOUSE by Jack Mann
This sculpture of stainless steel suggests some definitions of the peaceful and not-so-peaceful world of home: a nest of birds with a cat hovering below, a haven where children create and act out their dreams or a place where everything is turned upside down. Peace House, created by a Wittenburg University art professor, invites those whose faces are reflected in the mirror-finish of the sculpture to think about home and to place within one of the four rooms something from their world that can make Peace House a personal experience for them.

The six-sided western cedar International Peace Pole was planted in 2007 to mark The Lion and Lamb s 20th year of promoting peace.

May peace prevail on earth is translated into 12 languages, most of which represent the languages of current or former Bluffton University students: Arabic, Bosnia, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Lakota Sioux, Russian, Spanish and Swahili. 


Using mixed media, this sculptor replicated the Berlin Wall, a prison wall, a stockade wall and a memorial wall as an interactive art experience representing how we close people out, hold them in or immortalize them with walls of various kinds. On the stockade, prison and memorial wall sections are the names of those who have spent their lives working for peace and justice. Some have died as a result, some have been imprisoned but all, regardless of the sacrifice, have been committed to working for peace and justice around the globe. The 800 four-inch graffiti tiles on the Berlin Wall were designed by Lima Senior High School art students under the direction of art teacher and Bluffton graduate student Lisa Arnett Carver. The circular shape of the moon gate represents unity and completeness entering our lives. Passing through the moon gate is a symbolic gesture of refusing to allow walls to separate us from others.

Granite Memorial Wall 

Oscar Romero

El Salvadoran Archbishop, 1979 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, assassinated

Jesus Christ

incarnate Son of God, taught followers to love their enemies and turn the other cheek

Mahatma Gandhi

launched campaigns of nonviolent resistance in South Africa and India

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, advocate for civil rights and non-violence resistance

Seth Laughlin

Quaker, refused military service during Civil War, arrested and tortured, died in prison

Maurilia Coc Macs and
Santiago Coc Pop

Guatemalan Indian children killed by the army in October 1995

Helen Caldicott

anti-nuclear activist, physician

Harriet Tubman

abolitionist, escaped from slavery in 1849, helped others to freedom

David Dodge

a merchant and pacifist, founder of New York Peace Society in 1815

Thomas Merton

religious writer and poet, Trappist monk, priest

Gustavo Parajon

Nicaraguan peace mediator with John Paul Lederach

Mubarak Awad

founder of Nonviolence International and Palestinian Center for Nonviolence in Jerusalem

Margareta Sattler and
Michael Sattler

drowned/burned at the stake as martyrs for Anabaptist faith

Baldemar Velasquez

Latino leader and Ohio farm labor organizer

Stephen Wang

victim of Great Cultural Revolution in China; Educational Exchange Student to Bluffton

Mother Teresa

Catholic missionary serving poor of India, Nobel Prize winner

Dorothy Day

Catholic Worker Movement, pacifist, Houses of Hospitality in voluntary poverty

Stephen Biko

South African founder/leader of Black Consciousness Movement, died in police custody

Peace Pilgrim

walked 2500+ miles to advocate for peace among: nations, groups, individuals, inner peace

Daniel Gerber

MCC volunteer in Vietnam

Ivo Markovic

Bosnian Franciscan priest, international peacemaking efforts, lives in exile in Zagreb

Ken Saro-Wiwa

Nigerian human rights, murdered by the military government

Ita Ford, Maura Clarke,
Jean Donovan, Dorothy Kazel

nuns killed by the military in El Salvador in 1980

Myles Horton

founded the Highlander Folk School and was active in the early Civil rights movement

Colman McCarthy

founder/director of the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington D. C

Dom Helger Camara

Brazilian archbishop, social worker, human rights organizer, advocate of the poor

Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Argentine Nobel Prize winner, leader of Servicio Paz y Justicia

Norman Bent

Nicaraguan peace mediator with John Paul Lederach

Ted Studebaker

social worker killed by Viet Cong

Menno Simons

Anabaptist peacemaker in the 16th century, Mennonite derived from his name

Anna Janz

Anabaptist martyr remembered through letter to her infant son, Isaiah; in Martyr s Mirror

Dirk Willems

Anabaptist who rescued his persecutor from drowning and was later executed

Clayton Kratz

MCC worker in Ukraine, arrested and vanished

Bartolome de las Casas

advocate for Native American rights and justice

Thich Nhat Hanh

Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peacemaker between Christians and Buddhists

St. Maximilianus

North Africa, refused to go to war

Jeanette Rankin

first woman elected to Congress, pacifist, voted against U.S entry into both World Wars

St. Francis of Assisi 

Franciscan rule: not to take up deadly weapons or bear arms against anyone.

Paulo Freire

Brazilian educator

Bayard Rustin

founder of Congress on Racial Equality

WM. Lloyd Garrison

anti-slavery advocate

Norman Thomas

minister in the Fellowship of Reconciliation, You cannot conquer war by war.

George Fox

Quaker leader/founder Society of Friends

Lydia Maria Child

peace advocate and abolitionist

Maria Weston Chapman


Elihu Burrett

founded the first secular pacifist organization in the U.S, the Learned Blacksmith

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

woman s rights advocate, organized the first Woman's Rights Convention

Mohamed Anwar El Sadat

former president of Egypt, Nobel Peace Prize winner, assassinated

Jane Addams

pacifist and social worker, 1931 Nobel Peace Prize

Stockade Wall

Black Kettle

Cheyenne chief, peace advocate for Native Americans despite threats on his life


founder of the league of five Iroquois nations and the Law of the Great Peace

Leonard Peltier

American Indian Movement leader, falsely accused of murder and imprisoned


creator of the Cherokee writing system

Lawrence Hart

Cheyenne peace chief

Black Elk

Oglala Lakota religious leader who became a Christian and shared his faith with other tribes

Chief Joseph

Wallowa Valley Nez Perce leader, peace advocate between Native Americans and whites

Nancy Ward

Cherokee peace warrior

Prison Gates

Dennis Koehn

 Mennonite non-registrant during the Vietnam War

Lawrence Templin

Mennonite imprisoned during WWII for his CO position

Dalai Lama

spiritual/political leader of Tibet, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1989

Larry Garra

Quaker imprisoned during WWII for his CO position

Badshah Kan

peace advocate between groups in Pakistan

Rosa Parks

participated in nonviolent civil rights movement in US through Montgomery Bus Boycott

Sybill Arredondo

the anthropologist from Chile, imprisoned in Peru as a human rights activist

Raul Wallenberg

saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, disappeared while in Russian captivity

Henry David Thoreau

poet/author of Civil Disobedience

Elie Wiesel

the Nobel Peace Prize winner, author, survivor from Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Glewitz

Nelson Mandela

1993 Nobel Peace Prize, 30 years imprisoned for anti-apartheid, South African president

Berlin Wall


Constructed in 1961 to separate West Germany from East Germany, the Berlin Wall represented the barrier between the countries of Western Europe and the Communist countries of Eastern Europe and was called the Iron Curtain by Winston Churchill, the leader of Great Britain. The broken section of the wall represents the destruction of the wall in 1989 and preceded many political and economic changes in that area of the world.


Moon Gate of Peace Wall

Visitors are invited to pass through the Moon Gate as a symbolic gesture of refusing to allow walls to separate them from others. The circular shape of the Moon Gate suggests unity and completeness entering our lives. At the entrance of the Moon Gate are two shelves on which visitors might leave symbols of those things they want to let go of or leave behind as they pass through.


JONAH AND THE WHALE by Gregg Luginbuhl
Jonah s deliverance from the whale was created as an acrobatic resurgence, a kind of spiritual transformation. Free from any encumbrances, the open figure's leap and reach are juxtaposed with the cruciform flukes of the whale. Surrounded by stone seats, visitors to this bronze sculpture by a Bluffton University professor are invited to sit and ponder their own experiences of transformation from chaos to peace.

PEACE THRONES by B. Amore and Woody Dorsey
Located below Sauder Visual Arts Center near the Riley Creek and based on legends found in many cultures, the three large granite rocks create as a neutral space to foster dialogue and listening in an effort to resolve conflict through dialogue without resorting to violence.