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Symbol of peace takes shape in Sea Cliff

"Peace Monument" is currently on display at the Sea Cliff Village Library. Each month patrons will drop slips of paper in a basket, suggesting which language "peace" should be inscribed into the monument. (Sept. 16, 2011) Credit: Ann Luk

An unfinished symbol of peace is on display in the Sea Cliff Village Library, and patrons will have a say in its final look.

“Peace Monument” was designed by Sea Cliff resident Megan Sirianni-Brand. It stands four feet tall and four inches wide, with a pyramid-like top. The word “Peace” is engraved vertically, near the top of the statue.

A bowl and slips of paper will be placed on a desk inside the library, where visitors can submit different languages in which they would like to see the word "Peace” engraved. Each month, a submission will be randomly taken out of the bowl, and Brookville’s North Shore Monuments, which donated the materials for the monument, will complete the engraving of the word “Peace” in the selected language. "Peace" be added in 11 other languages besides English.

On Sept. 12, 2012, the Peace Monument will be cemented into the ground in Sea Cliff, likely outside the library, according to Sirianni-Brand.

“I just want to be able to remind them how important peace is just on the simple passing of this monument,” she said.

The idea came about while Sirianni-Brand was working on other projects with North Shore Monuments.

“There are peace poles around the world, and what they’re trying to do is to promote a message of peace in the community,” said Maggie Tanchuck, owner of North Shore Monuments, who let Sirianni-Brand select a recycled piece of granite for the monument.

After a little more than a week on display, Sea Cliff Library patrons are already taking notice.

Said 45-year-old Lorraine Baker of Sea Cliff, “In light of what’s going on in Afghanistan and Iraq, I think those languages would be appropriate.”

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