Europe: Russia – Peace Table

Sacred Peace Table at the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow, Russia

Russia • Dedicated in 2001

From left, Irene Goldman, Kevin, Marion and Mira Nakashima meeting in the Nakashima Reception House, deciding to build the second Sacred Peace Table for Russia in 1995.Sacred Peace Table

“Today the symbolic and practical message of understanding and conference is what matters so much, and I cannot overestimate its role. I do think that today the message of the table is even more relevant than ever. Peace is what we need and what we all pray for. That is why the Lofty Symbol of the Table as a spiritual crossroad, as a meeting point, makes more sense than ever. Mutual understanding between people and generations, parents and children, tribes and confessions is what really matters. The table is a remarkable work of art and craftsmanship, which sends a message of global significance, transcending borders and speaking in a universal language of its own.”

Sergei Kapitza 1989

Professor, Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology

Making of the Table

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From left, Irene Goldman, Kevin, Marion and Mira Nakashima meeting in the Nakashima Reception House, deciding to build the second Sacred Peace Table for Russia in 1995.

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The Nakashima crew, with master craftsman Gerald Everett on far right, laying out the planks that were adjacent to the first Altar.

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Mira Nakashima and master craftsman Gerald Everett discussing the best way to match and cut the enormous planks.

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Mira and Jerry marking one of the ends for cutting.

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Mira marking two ends for cutting.

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Mira and Jerry contemplating the trimmed boards.

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Further contemplation.

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A rosewood butterfly ready for inlay.

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Inlaying the butterfly to bridge a crack.

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All hands on deck to turn the Sacred Peace Table top on its side.

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One of the many coats of oil applied from a ladder.

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The Sacred Peace Table base standing in front of the top. Because of its size and weight, the decision was made to construct it in two parts for greater ease in moving and shipping.

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Finishing touches by master craftsman Jerry Everett.

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The completed and assembled Sacred Peace Table which traveled to the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations in 1995, then to the Hague Appeal for Peace 100th anniversary in 1999, and to its final destination for commemoration at the Russian Academy of Arts in 2001.

UN 50th Anniversary and Sacred Peace Table for Europe

New York, NY 1995

Board members and friends gather: Julian Lines, Barbara Ford, formerly of the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miriam Belov, Meenakshi of Auroville, Mira Nakashima, Jonathan Yarnall, Irene Goldman.

An ecumenical blessing of the Sacred Peace Table by clergy of all faiths from all over the world.

Loading the Sacred Peace Table by crane onto a flat bed truck outside the shop in New Hope, PA.

A gathering of United Nations representatives from all over the world offering prayers for peace.

Dean James Parks Morton consecrating the Sacred Peace Table with (from left) Board members Julian Lines, Mira Nakashima, Irene Goldman, Jonathan Yarnall and Miriam Belov.

Children representing nations of the world carrying hand made Ribbons for Peace organized by The Ribbon International.

The Hague Appeal for Peace 100th Anniversary

The Hague Netherlands 1999

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Hague Appeal for Peace Conference Ceremony.

Cypriot Greek and Turkish youth sign a peace agreement together following their peace-making session at The Hague under the auspices of Peace Child International.

Danny, from Ireland, was inspired to write a poem and share his thoughts on peace at the Nakashima Peace Table.

Peace makers gather with flowers and peace messages at the opening of the convention.

Appeals for peace outside the convention.

Russian Friends of the Sacred Peace Table

Moscow, Russia • 2000

Gathering at the Nakashima Sacred Peace Table for the Peoples of Russia and all Europe at the Russian Academy of Arts.

Russian FRussian Friends of the Sacred Peace Table sharing a moment of silent meditation before their meeting.riends of the Sacred Peace Table-2

Gathering at the Nakashima Sacred Peace Table for the Peoples of Russia and all Europe at the Russian Academy of Arts.

Moscow Dedication

Moscow, Russia • 2001

Consecration and Presentation of the Sacred Peace Table at the Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow.

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Angelic a capella voices of the Moscow Girl Choir “Vera” welcomed participants to the ceremony. Sayings of peace by elders from all over the world were printed on floating banners surrounding the room, along with photographs documenting the construction of the Sacred Peace Table and the first Peace Altar in New York.

Perhaps the first event of its kind in Russia, interfaith ecumenical blessings by Honorary Chair and Very Rev. Dean Morton, a Rabbi, an Orthodox priest, and an Imam from Moscow!

Mira Nakashima and Irene Goldman just after the ceremony.

Mira Nakashima lighting incense in a Toshiko Takaezu bowl before the ceremony.

Episcopal Dean Morton with Orthodox priest.

Yuri Orekhov, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Arts, a renowned sculptor who admired George Nakashima since their meeting 1989, addresses the gathering joined by fellow Academicians, US Ambassador to Russia James Collins and members of the Nakashima Foundation around the Sacred Peace Table strewn lovingly with peony petals.

Blessings at the Peace Table with Imam and Dean Morton.