Peace I Ask of Thee, O River
Sandy Davenport and C. Sue Pfaffl
Tucson, Arizona, USA
“Sue calligraphed the phrase ‘Peace I Ask of Thee O River’ from a song by Glendora Gosling and Viola Wood, called ‘Peace of the River.’ Sandy contributed the idea of the Sandhill cranes moving toward the origami peace crane, over the water. We used Sandy’s photo of the White Water Draw in the San Pedro River Valley in Southeast Arizona, USA, where tens of thousands of Sandhill cranes come to winter every year from as far away as Canada and Siberia.
“We used Sandy’s photos of the Sandhill cranes, made photocopies of them, and cut out the cranes in circular shapes to bring in the thought of seeing them through binoculars. We arranged them on the background image, over the calligraphed peace quote. Finally we added the photo image of the origami peace crane (which was created by Annie Gordon). The composition was created by both Sandy and Sue. We made a final photo copy as the finished piece, mounted in a chocolate brown earth colored matte.
“Sandy presented and discussed our artwork and the Global Art Project for Peace with a group of 70 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Paulo Freire Freedom School in Tucson, and displayed our artwork there for 2 weeks.
“Thank you so much for all your work in creating and supporting the Global Art Project for Peace!
“Wishing you well!”
Sandy Davenport, C. Sue Pfaffl
Sandy and C. Sue’s art was sent to their partner in Karachi, Pakistan.