COLORS magazine donates UNHATE DOVE to Tripoli, Libya. UNHATE DOVE is one of the first monuments to peace after the Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia in December 2010.
The piece is officially donated to the city on Saturday 24 December 2011, on Independence Day. This anniversary is being celebrated for the first time after 42 years of dictatorship.
UNHATE DOVE is a symbol of non-hatred and non-violence. The casing is a memento of death; the dove is an icon of peace. UNHATE DOVE is an art installation that brings together two opposing elements with the aim of exorcising violence, abuse of power, rancor, injustice and intolerance.
The casings were collected by COLORS from people who live in areas where armed conflicts seem to run on endlesslyand who desperately ask for an end to hostilities: from the hands of children, from surgery rooms in war-zone hospitals, from the mothers of young men killed during revolutions, from the victims of persecution.
This “war waste” is also the leit motiv of WITH LOVE, a COLORS special issue telling the stories of imprisoned lives that do not have the freedom to choose on which side to stay. There are love stories, too, of those who hold out in order to defend life.
Tell us your stories and thoughts. Your messages of love will be slotted into the casings that cover the UNHATE DOVE installation.
The work of art UNHATE DOVE was conceived by Erik Ravelo, creative director of the special issue COLORS WITH LOVE. It was covered in shell casings by young people from the University of Tripoli. The project UNHATE DOVE in Libya was conceived by Enrico Bossan, editorial director of COLORS magazine.
This event is one of the initiatives of The UNHATE Foundation, desired and founded by the Benetton Group.