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International traveling art installation to visit Ketchikan

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan residents will have an opportunity to participate in an international art installation with the mission of unity and world peace.

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and Ketchikan Public Library are hosting an international traveling art workshop facilitated by artist and teacher J.L. Vasile from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on June 25 at Main Street Gallery. It is a drop-in event and is family friendly, according to a press release.

The public will be invited to participate in creating their symbol of peace on a flag that will join an unbreakable string of more than 20,000 peace flags that have been created on six continents.

There will be a choice of five color fabrics available to write, draw and create a message for peace. In addition to the creation of peace flags, traditional Burmese textiles will be available as part of the innovative Longya-Fied project, with the end piece representing unity and peace within the United States, according to the press release.

The Longya-Fied series has been created in the following countries: Myanmar, Denmark, India, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Columbia, Italy, Greece, France, Malta, Japan, Thailand, Monte Carlo, Germany, England, Haita, Vietnam, Spain; Stonehenge, United Kingdom; and the United States.

The peace flag project also has been displayed at some of the world's top museums and festivals, according to the statement. It began in 2009 in Vasile’s art class in Miami.

“To complete this project, Vasile is traveling to each of the 50 states, where communities will use Burmese textiles to fill in their state silhouettes within the larger Burmese map image,” the press release stated. “Ketchikan residents and visitors will have an opportunity to complete the Alaska silhouette on (June 25).”