Salisbury Business Improvement District

Thousands of White Doves to Fill Salisbury

24th April 2018

Just over two months after the attack in Salisbury and with the clean-up operation underway, Salisbury Cathedral is hosting a major art installation that carries a message of resilience, peace and hope. Get involved to show the strength and power of our community.

'Les Colombes' by multimedia artist Michael Pendry features a flock of around 2,500 white origami doves that ‘fly’ the length of the Cathedral nave. The installation opens to the public on Saturday 12th May 2018.Alongside the installation #SalisburyCityofDoves, a community project has been launched that will see shops, homes and schools making paper doves and displaying them in their windows as a simple but powerful symbol of the city’s resilience in response to the attack.Artist Michael Pendry said: “Although the doves are folded by different people, in their unity they stand for a fundamental human right - the right to peace and freedom. The time has come to declare ourselves and to stand up for this! May the flock of doves grow, from place to place, from country to country, and across all borders. Peace, freedom, and sustainability in a world of change and disturbance are the key themes of my installations.”

Salisbury Cathedral’s Visual Arts Advisor, Jacquiline Creswell, who is responsible for bringing 'Les Colombes' to Salisbury said: “Our community has recently been challenged by the nerve agent attack in our city and this exhibition brings with it the message that we can all come together to fold and create our own white doves that will fly as our symbol of hope, humanity and new beginnings.”

Get Involved
Participation packs will be available from Salisbury BID and other locations across that city, for anyone who wants to get involved.

Salisbury Cathedral will be running two drop-in dove-making workshops in the Cathedral from 10.00 – 16.00 on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd May. Michael Pendry will be on hand to offer advice.

Let's fill our beautiful city with these symbolic doves!

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"Peace is not something you wish for. It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away." John Lennon