Background history of Peace Lights
“Peace Lights” was born from another video art piece called “Drapes”, which was originally shown as an individual piece of art at the NYC Opening Ceremonies for the United Nations International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in January 2015. “Drapes” was previously incorporated into parts of four other public light art events in 2014. See here.
The following month, Drapes was shown at the New York Peace Coalition Awards Dinner where Peace Lights co-creators, Peter Rogina and Eileen Cohen were receiving an award. The first idea for Peace Lights was conceived based on the response to the lights and a discussion with Sheikh Musa Drammeh, Chairman of the New York Peace Coalition.
The original light images from Drapes were used to re-master a cleaner version with titles and the words “Peace Lights” displayed in 55 languages. Peace Lights continues to be invited to an increasing array of events worldwide including at locations such as Times Square in NYC, Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia, Washington DC, Goa, India, many countries in Africa, and the United Nations, among many others. Peace Lights has played with a wide variety of performers and with a growing list of world-renowned artists.
Peace Lights is not affiliated with any organizations other than having been adopted or endorsed as a symbol of peace.