Public Art at the Balloon Museum
Children's Peace Statue
This statue was dedicated at the Balloon Museum on August 4, 2013. The Children’s Peace Statue is a monument designed and funded entirely by children. It stands as a symbol of hope for a peaceful future
In the fall of 1989, children of Arroyo del Oso Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico were studying the Arms Race. The children decided that one solution to the problem of war would be to teach young people to work for peace. During their studies, the students learned the story of school children in Japan who built a monument, the Genbaku No Ko No Zo Statue for Children Who Were Victims of the Atomic Bombs. Inspired by the story, the children formed the Kids’ Committee for the Children’s Peace Statue and made plans to design and build a peace monument of their own.
The Kids’ Committee opened a nationwide design contest for the statue and designed and built a touring exhibit to promote the project. The group has cooperated with thousands of people from around the world and has collected the names of thousands of children who share their wish for peace.