Path of Peace Sculpture Dedication

September 24, 2012 DMACC Urban Campus, Des Moines

DMACC Urban Campus voice student Mary Chuol shared her amazing voice and musical talent.


The Path of Peace sculpture is three doves' paths intertwined, representing harmony, freedom, and the rights we cherish.


"The sculpture standing behind us is a reminder that peace is not an aftermath of war, nor the absence of war. Peace is a process, a virtue, a state of mind."


A lifelong dream of sculptor and artist Ron Dinsdale, the Path of Peace sculpture has been a labor of love.


"The sculpture standing behind us is a reminder that peace is not an aftermath of war, nor the absence of war. Peace is a process, a virtue, a state of mind."


The idea for Path of Peace originated from Ron Dinsdale's youth, spending time on the farm and in nature's surroundings. (Pictured here with Sen. Harkin)


It took four months for the quarry to find the appropriate stone, after which Ron Dinsdale spent six months carving every single day to create the sculpture.


The last speaker was Frank Cownie, Des Moines Mayor.


DMACC President and CEO Rob Denson offered information about the DMACC Urban Campus.


Path of Peace sculpture dedication, September 24, 2012.


The Path of Peace sculpture was dedicated September 24, 2012.


Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a proponent of peace, spoke to the crowd.


The sculpture was created with 14.5 tons of Indiana Bedford limestone. The doves are forever turning.


Much of Ron's family was able to celebrate this day and the dedication with him.


Laura Douglas, DMACC Urban Campus Provost, opened the dedication with a few remarks.


Eva Sandoval, DMACC Student Activities Council President, stated, "The sculpture couldn't be in a better place."


"Peace sculptures themselves do not bring peace, but they serve as a reminder. We have to put our living bodies out there," said Chet Guinn of the Iowa Peace Monument Committee.


Path of Peace sculpture dedication, September 24, 2012.