I paint and blow things up to a simple mission: Peace. The more gunpowder I use the less there is for killing people.
My vision for Lake Of Peace project is to create a floating, architectural, and illuminated masterpiece on Lake Monona. A temporary landmark (watermark?) for peace. It will be an open invitation to people all over the world to think about their hopes and dreams for peace.
My goal is for The Lake Of Peace project to have viewers reflect on love, tranquility, acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, and tolerance.
The peace symbol will be the largest floating peace symbol ever attempted at 30m high. More than one hundred and fifty meters of the symbol will be wrapped with more than 2000 waterproof, solar-powered cubes. At night, the peace symbol will shimmer white light. The peace symbol will be supported on a silver, mirror coated floating barrel platform that will reflect and mingle water and sunlight during the day.
People will be able to see the Peace Project as they stroll, bike, or drive the lake shores. Viewers will also be able to float around the structure in small boats and surrender their senses to inner peace. Visitors arriving by jet will see the beautiful, light-filled, reflected message of peace.
I want people to take a moment and think about world peace.
This will be a fascinating structure and a floating, poetic symbol of peace and a welcoming landmark to the city.
Artist Stick Vega studied mathematics and economics, earning a B.S. in economics from UW-Madison and an MBA from Edgewood College. He owned and was CEO of online apparel retailers WinterSilks and Venus Sportswear. However, upon selling the companies more than a decade ago he headed straight to his studio - The Blast Factory in Madison, WI - to create explosive, modern art with gunpowder and high-speed fuse. Stick's current work includes paintings, drawings, fusographs (exploded photographs) and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.