Lord Bates Unveils Political Art Mural in Support of Ignored UN Resolution 48/11 for 2012 Olympics Truce
(1888PressRelease) Lord Bates unveiled his 'Walk for Truce' mural in Shoreditch July 12th to celebrate his 3000-mile trek from Olympia to London to bring attention to UN Resolution 48/11 calling for an international truce during the Olympic Games which has been largely ignored. Lord Bates, accompanied by James Parker from Catholic 201 revealed an impressive four- panel tribute by artists Code FC and Jack Haslehurst.
Shoreditch, London and Santa Cruz, California - Today, the London Art Wall Group announced that Lord Michael Bates' unveiled his 'Walk for Truce' mural on their Shoreditch Art Wall (SAW), last Thursday evening, July 12th at 7:30 p.m. The event celebrated Lord Bates' 13 month, 3000-mile trek from Olympia, Greece to the House of Parliament to bring attention to the 1993 UN Resolution 48/11, calling for international truce during the Olympic Games (http://www.londonartwall.com/shoreditch/walk_for_truce_mural.html), which has been largely ignored since its inception. Despite the heavy rains, Lord Bates, accompanied by James Parker, of Catholics 2012 and Peter Mackeonis, the event organizer, pulled the strings to reveal an impressive four-panel tribute to his cause, by London artists Code FC and Jack Haslehurst who donated their talents.
Mr. Haslehurst designed a London 2012 'peace and harmony' flag to reflect Lord Bates' call for peace during the Olympic Games. Individual flags were made for the unveiling and to be sent to all permanent five veto-wielding members of the United Nations Security Council, in addition to, England Prime Minister, David Cameron and U.S. President Barak Obama.
Lord Bates completed his solo walk in early spring, having met with international leaders and dignitaries along the way, including Pope Benedict, calling for world peace during the Olympics, as was the practice during the first Olympic games, which began in Olympia, Greece in 776 B.C. The idea behind the first truce was to ensure that the athletes who had to travel across the land to participate, could travel safely, without the threat of being harmed.
Peter Mackeonis, a spokesperson for SAW commented, "Although the Shoreditch Art Wall is usually used for commercial projects, we felt strongly about supporting Lord Bates' walk for peace and decided to commission a mural dedicated especially to his cause." Continuing, "The unveiling was a wonderful event, despite the rain."
SAW will be commissioning and hosting a second mural for Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson's cause, during the Paralympics, which will also be executed by Code FC and Jack Haslehurst. As a former Paralympian, the Baroness hopes to draw attention to Great Britain's urgent need to help it's disabled be more independent, by making it's cities wheelchair 'friendly,' which includes ramps in sidewalks and wheelchair lifts in buses, trains and subways.
After the Paralympics, the Shoreditch Art Wall (SAW) will be available for commercial projects. It is a venue for major advertisers, as well as a canvas for new and established artists and can be rented by the day, week, or month all year long. There are four 8 ft. by 10 ft. panels, which can be painted, or the entire 60 square meter space can be used.
For more information, please go to http://www.londonartwall.com/shoreditch/walk_for_truce_mural.html
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