Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, as a way for students to express their feelings about what is going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1.325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on 21 September. Last year, 2016, over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3.500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
The Pinwheels for Peace-project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence and intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “A state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
The children and students of SIS Stuttgart-Fellbach created pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about war and peace, tolerance, living in harmony with others on one side. On the other side, they drew and painted to visually express their feelings.
Moreover, the students prepared some perfomances, for example the preschool children sang "A song of peace", grade 7 "Imagine" by John Lennon, and the school band performed "We are the world".
It was a very nice and peaceful ceremony!