‘Columns of Peace’ by Ulrike Bolenz
A German-Belgian artist created a piece of art able to change the world
The language of art is able to unite people from different countries and bring together representatives of different cultures and religions. By means of creativity one can speak about the most serious and important things. Ulrike Bolenz, German-Belgian artist, created a piece of art that became a real symbol of national unity and preserving peace.
In her works, Ulrike Bolenz often touches upon urgent social, political, and scientific topics. Her artworks are emotional and touching. The main thing is that they raise questions. It is interesting that many of her works relate to happiness or laughter. According to her, those are the very emotions that can confront people’s cruelty, help them defeat their fears, and make people optimistic.
Laughter can be understood as a form of communication between people, which, in its conflict-reducing effect, encourages the human interaction, creates a community spirit and consensus.
The Columns of Peace is one of the most famous Ulrike Bolenz’s artworks. There the artist placed beautiful images of joyful, laughing women because mothers embody love for their children, while teaching them kindness, moral values and courage. Moreover, they allow every child to experience the joys of life and give them happiness. Women always strive for creating harmony and preserving peace and cooperation between nations. That is why they took their places on the Columns of Peace.
The column symbolises historically positive terms such as stability, strength, and pivotal power while laughter of humans characterise positive content such as security, will to live, and a free spirit.
Pillars are supporting structural elements in the architecture. It is the same with wise politics, which is a supporting element of building the human communication. Ulrike Bolenz imagines the Columns of Peace as towering and noticeable pillars, which should remind the whole world that only the happiness of human existence could strengthen the tolerance, unity, and deep understanding of diversity of people’s thoughts and religions.
The artist herself mentions that the artwork symbolises the main goal of the European Union, which is to unite and reconcile all European nations.
The pillars remind the society that there were many devastating wars and tragedies on that continent. Through her artwork, the artist calls upon people to preserve peace, individual liberties, common values, and respect to cultural diversity. She is sure that nowadays people have to unite and focus their efforts on promoting economic growth and improving quality of life in different countries.
The Council of the European Union plays a key role in achieving those goals. That is why the Columns of Peace will move from country to country every six months depending on what country will be entitled to chair. Bulgaria became the first such a country. Its presidency started in January 2018.
Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Yan Zarubin