Peace Now!

Everyone knows the peace sign.

You may have flashed it while protesting the Vietnam War (or else you protested the sign itself with a 1-finger salute).

A peace sign, on a house near Compo Beach.

A peace sign, on a house near Compo Beach.

Nowadays you see it on the sides of Westport homes, and at marches springing up around the country since January 20.

(You can also see it all over Westport as the Mercedes Benz logo — though one has nothing to do with the other.)

But the peace sign is showing its age. It was designed in 1958 for the British nuclear disarmament movement. (Fun fact: The symbol combines the semaphore signals for the letters “N” and “D.”)

So Miggs Burroughs wants to design a new, 21st-century peace sign.

He’s a noted graphic artist (and photographer) (and stamp designer) (and Time magazine cover illustrator).

He is also — for the purposes of this project — the Westport Library’s artist-in residence.

In that capacity,  Miggs will hold a peace sign re-design workshop and brainstorming session tomorrow (Thursday, February 2, 4 p.m.) in the Library’s Great Hall. It’s for folks looking for guidance — but you don’t need to attend the session to submit a design.

peace-signSubmissions must be 6″ x 6″ on paper or cardboard. Any medium is okay. They can be left at the library’s front desk (ask for Chris Timmons). All entries will be exhibited through August.

The word is already spreading. Miggs has heard from artists and art teachers, as far away as California and Florida.

I have already gotten responses from many individuals,

artists and art teachers, including one from California and another from

Florida, who are going to assign it to their classes and submit to the library.

Peace out.

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4 responses to “Peace Now!

  1. Yes! Miggs…..and it’s far nicer to look at.

  2. Maybe a submission from UC Berkeley tonight?

  3. And maybe redefine the N and D. Nonviolent Dissent. Other suggestions?