We had moved to the Cassowary Coast, land of a big golden gumboot.
I went to an exhibition in the city sometime whilst we were living there, and discovered a picture in an exhibition where an artist took his shoes for a walk like they were a pair of puppies.
They had personality.
He was fearless with his photographs.
I saw an online installation of soldiers’ shoes at a war memorial.
In my mind an idea formed, why not have gumboots that had a message of peace.
They could be installed anywhere, decorated with peace messages, or anything the artist wanted to say about peace.
Perhaps people could pose with the boots.
What fun would that be!
Everywhere I traveled I took pictures of boots calling people to peace.
Later I thought of those who don’t have boots, and decided to show the unity of the world through feet and the ecological footprints. Poems in the shape of feet became part of the Ripple Project.
Time to share those installations of gumboots representing peace from all those years ago.
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”
-John F. Kennedy
Some interesting links on Shoe Art Installations and Peace
Shoes on the Danube Walk (2005)
Children’s Shoes Anti War (2008)
The unConvention Walk in their Shoes