Peace Garden

 Peace Wall and Moon Gate

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 and includes a variety of sculptures.

Jonah and the Whale

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 are invited to ponder their own experiences of transformation from chaos to peace.

Peace House

This four “rooms” of the stainless steel sculpture represent home as a peaceful and not-so-peaceful place: 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 invites those whose faces are reflected in the mirror-finish of the sculpture to think about their home.

Peace Wall and Moon Gate

Peace Wall replicates the Berlin Wall, prison bars, a stockade wall and a memorial wall to represent separating people by locking some in, keeping some out, memorializing some.  Names of people who worked for peace and justice are included on the various walls. Some have died as a result, some have been imprisoned but, regardless of the sacrifice, all have been committed to working for positive change 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.

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. The missing section of the wall represents the destruction of the wall in 1989 and the beginning of political and economic changes in that area of the world.

Moon Gate

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.

Granite Wall

Ocsar 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 Abolitionist
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

Moon Gate

Black Kettle Cheyenne chief, peace advocate for Native Americans despite threats on his life
Deganwide 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
Sequoyah 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

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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

Other nearby installments with Lion and Lamb connections:

Bluffton Sign

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: Arabic, Bosnia, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Lakota Sioux, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and American Sign Language. 

Peace Thrones

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