Anthony Heywood’s sculpture, The Dove of Peace, was unveiled at an event at Cruise Terminal 1, Dover on 22 December. The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, and Viscountess De L’Isle attended as guests of honour.
The installation of the sculpture, a full size spitfire made from a special type of paper developed at the former Buckland Paper Mill in Dover, is part of the Port of Dover’s commitment to commemorating both World War I and II. The Cruise Terminal 1 building, which played a significant role as a staging post during both world wars for troops leaving to fight and returning home, is the location for the sculpture as well as future commemorative events through to 2018.
Anthony Heywood and Uwe Derksen worked on this idea for the last couple of years and, with the support of Dover Arts Development and part-funded bythe UCA’s research budget and the EU Interreg Channel programme, got the backing of Dover Harbour Board.
Reflecting on the occasion, Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:
This wonderful event is a seminal moment for the Port, its commitment to its community and for the future use of such an historic building. This is the culmination of much work with a great many partners and is the launch pad for a new era for this place. Seeing so many members of our community come and be part of our shared story is simply wonderful.
UCA’s Anthony Heywood said that the Dove of Peace “symbolises heroism, individualism and belief; it symbolises self-preservation, fear and the shattering of young lives.” It can also be seen as a symbol of future conflicts yet to pass and of precious and fragile peace. Reflecting both war and peace, the event played homage to the 1914 Christmas truce that took place in the trenches, and included
readings and carols.