Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blessing Doves

During the opening of the 9-11 art show in Ansbach, Germany, I met up with my friend Sandra Ceas. Both of us had artwork on display at the show. Sandra was the keynote speaker and I had the honor of lighting a candle in remembrance of those who died on 9-11 and those who died in the ensuing conflicts.

One of Sandra's ongoing projects is to release white clay doves as a symbol of blessing and peace. She places her doves in unlikely spots, in the hope that somebody will find them. Each handmade dove will be an unexpected blessing to somebody. You can find information and photos about this project at
Sandra gave me seven doves to take back to Switzerland. It was such a joy to set them out. Finding the 'right' place for them was special and even exciting. On two occasions, the dove was found and taken within half an hour. I had returned from my walk and passed by the same spot where I had placed the dove. It was empty now. The big smile stayed on my on my face for quite a while. And now, just thinking of it, the smile is revisiting my face.


  1. This is a very inspiring and wonderful story. I went to her website and was pleased to see that some of her doves have been placed around Long Beach, CA. where I am from. It made me smile to think of the recipients of these gentle gifts.

  2. What an all together humble and lovely project!

  3. Valerie, I like that you describe the doves as gentle gifts. That is exactly what they are.
    Cornelia, I hope some will end up in Thailand as well.