World renowned artist and advocate for peace Lin Evola will discuss her work with university students for the first time Nov. 5 at the de Saisset museum at Santa Clara University. Evola has carved out a strong presence in the art and social justice world for melting down confiscated weapons and turning them into peace angel monuments around the world.
Evola founded the Peace Angels Project in 1992. Each Peace Angel sculpture is created from stainless steel from decommissioned nuclear missiles, street weapons, and other weapons confiscated by government and law enforcement. One of her sculptures, the 13-foot Renaissance Peace Angel, is now a part of the permanent collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. In the aftermath of 9/11, the monument was placed outside Nino’s Restaurant, which had served rescue workers, police officers, and firemen, many of whom signed the cement base.
“The breadth of Lin’s work is incredible,” says Santa Clara University Senior Lecturer Kristin Kusanovich. “At the core of every collection she’s created is a collaborative social justice mission that is truly remarkable. We’re proud to have her as an SCU alum and love that she inspires and provokes our students.“
Her latest collection “Peace Signs” is comprised of multi-media 2-D peace symbols using stainless steel from nuclear missile casings. The Rêverie Arts gallery in partnership with Amazon Art is now offering the largest collection of her work to the public. The San Francisco gallery will host her first major exhibition in 2014.
Evola’s first in-depth lecture about her work will happen Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the de Saisset museum at Santa Clara University. The event is free and open to the public.