The Ship of Tolerance, an international art installation in Zug, Switzerland
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Afloat with hope
On the International Day of Peace, look closely at the colourful sail in today’s homepage photo and you'll see a composite of 120 small panels, each painted by children from different ethnic and social backgrounds with a message of hope for a better world. The Ship of Tolerance is part of an international outreach programme created by the Kabakov Foundation which aims to “promote art as a medium for communication and cooperation between diverse cultures while nurturing the growth and development of young artists in all disciplines”. Children are taught the importance of understanding others and making friends with those outside their own cultural experiences. You’re looking at an installation that was moored in Lake Zug, Switzerland.
In past years, the United Nations has used the International Day of Peace as an opportunity to create a world free of violence through ceasefires and truces. This year, amid the global pandemic, we’re asked to observe this day by encouraging compassion, kindness and hope.