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In Oregon, Ill., a large intricate footprint is now carved into a field. The design, called Growing Peace, was created by Evanstonian Indira Freitas Johnson for the Fields Project of Oregon. The primary use of the foot for the motif was chosen by Ms. Johnson for its universality. She says one’s feet give a person stability, and grounds them to the earth.
“For me peace is a process, as alive as any plant, growing rationally and emotionally in our minds and hearts,” says Ms. Johnson. “Can we grow peace? Can we cultivate it in our children, nurture it in our youth?”
The Fields Project uses creative methods to bring art and agriculture together. Ms. Johnson’s 5-acre sculpture was carved into a field. It can be fully viewed from an aerial perspective, but only parts of the sculpture can be seen from the ground. “Perspective is lost and gained from either vantage point,” said Ms. Johnson. “[It] elegantly remind[s] us of the larger goal of peace as well as the need to be mindful of the small everyday actions that make peace a reality.”
Though the sculpture is only temporary, Ms. Johnson hopes the message it conveys will remain. “As ‘Growing Peace’ is gradually absorbed back into the earth, I hope that the traces remaining in our memory prompt us to plant the seeds that yield a harvest of peace,” she said.