Ana Tzarev: Love & Peace Blooms Around the World
Tell Your Story to the "Listening Post"
“Love & Peace” campaign by the Croatian born 75 year old artist Ana Tzarev is now travelling the world to promote the timeless values of love, peace, and understanding. The artist is launching a series of connected sculptures placed in number of carefully selected venues in seven different countries around the world, where millions of people will be able to see them as they go about their daily lives. “My dream is for my flowers to act as beacons and rallying points across the planet – bringing people together on a global scale.”
The first flower in Europe, which is the world's largest ever art installation "Love" with 15ft blooms, appeared on the grassy central reservation of London’s Park Lane on 9 December and will be on view until June 2013. The first flower blossomed earlier this month in Shenzhen, China, and New York. The next will bloom in the Museo Nationale Palazzo di Venezia in Rome.
The sculptures will be linked to a high-tech network of cameras and what Ana calls “listening posts.” People from around the world will be encouraged to tell stories and share their experiences of Love & Peace. The messages and pictures will be communicated through a series of social media sites.
I have had an idea to create a global sculpture from many years. It was my way of beginning a campaign through my art to start a global conversation,' says Tzarev, who lives in France.
'I have created a limited number of these huge flowers. When the first one went on display in China we did it without a fanfare and watched the reaction… it caused quite a stir. I realised immediately that hundreds of people were attracted to the sculpture. They wanted to touch it and be seen with it. I believe we can get the world to talk together through these flowers.'
Next year – when the blooms will have spread to a number of other cities – Tzarev is launching a special app, which can be downloaded to the iPad, Android device or smart phone.
The app allows people all over the planet to access the cameras, view the flowers in real time and leave messages. People can also communicate through a series of social media sites including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest.