Messenger of Peace


In 1980 Manchester declared itself a nuclear-free-zone. The council called on the government "to refrain from the manufacture or positioning of any nuclear weapons of any kind within the boundaries of our city".  To mark this decision they created a Peace Garden to the rear of the Town Hall. They also staged a competition for a physical embodiment of their commitment to peace. The winner of the competition was Barbara Pearson, whose sculpture, Messenger of Peace was placed in the garden.  In 2014, the Peace Garden has been swept away to be replaced by a new piazza that will be home to the relocated cenotaph.

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