With maps you can stamp, a giant chess set you can use, broken globes that need mending and trees hung with tags carrying visitors’ wishes, Imagine Peace, a new exhibition at Edison State College in Fort Myers, Florida, gently prods art lovers to consider peace.
Most of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is white, filled with the light of one art piece, dotted with the colors of maps hug on the wall and the green of trees filled with white tags.
Much of the exhibit, which continues through March 29 in Florida before heading elsewhere in the world, asks visitors to join in.
Maps of the United States and the world are stamped with the words “Imagine Peace.” Afghanistan, the Middle East and major American cities are black with stamps.
Add a wish to the trees. The tags will be gathered and buried in the ground around the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland.
Help glue broken globes together.
Play chess — but with the challenge of using only white pieces.
A video explains why there is a bowl of pocket flashlights at the door. Use them to flash the OnoChord and say I love you. One flash for I. Two for Love. Three for You.
It’s fanciful. But I walked around for the hour I was there with a lump in my throat.
© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman