Accession Number: C.2013.314.1
Dimensions: 88 in X 30 in X 22 in
Dimensions (Metric): 223.52 cm X 76.2 cm X 55.88 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Linda Marie Viola Evola Warnke Smidt
Renaissance Peace Angel
Bronze sculpture by Lin Evola titled Renaissance Peace Angel. The sculpture depicts an angel with large wings and wearing a flowing robe. The angel is clutching an olive branch and a small book across its chest. A plaque created from melted weapons was later added to the bottom of the sculpture. The border of the plaque is broken parts of various firearms. Text on the plaque reads:
"Peace Angels are here | to fortify | we ~ the people of the world nation | of many faces | we stand together. | Equal in race, sex and creed. | In solidarity, we strive to overcome the | obstacles of fear and hatred | as we melt the weapons ~ | the tools of the destruction of our time. | Together we pledge our courage | and create symbols of peace. | Linda Marie Evola | 1997."
The sculpture is mounted on a cement base covered in handwritten signatures left by recovery workers and volunteers during the recovery period at Ground Zero.
In the early 1990s, artist Lin Evola was inspired to create a series of figural sculptures cast from decommissioned guns and other weapons. This conceptual art project aimed to transform weapons into unifying symbols of peace. Evola cast this initial bronze sculpture, titled Renaissance Peace Angel, later adding a plaque created from melted weapons.
Prior to 9/11, Evola hoped to display the sculpture within the World Trade Center complex. Shortly after the site’s destruction, she met Antonio “Nino” Vendome, who had established a 24-hour-a-day canteen for rescue and recovery workers at his family’s restaurant, Nino’s, on Canal Street in lower Manhattan. Vendome agreed to install Renaissance Peace Angel in front of the restaurant. The sculpture became a landmark for Ground Zero workers and volunteers, many of whom signed its cement base.