Thursday, July 16, 2015

A New Life Symbol

(from the website

This is a simple yet profound logo which dates back to 1976. After having had an extraordinary experience on ultimate human unity in Spring 1975 i decided to organize a Peace Festival to express these insights. One of my first sketches for a logo was the Peace (Nuclear Disarmament) symbol - but now with a head and hands. The leaflets stated accordingly: 'You have a head and hands. Create peace.' The festival took place on 6th and 7th August 1977 with a modest but enthusiastic participation of some 5000 people. The overall motto was: Suppose they give a war and no-one comes?, a track of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band's second album. At the CD-Now (Amazon) website, see Phil Rogers reviews around page 13 for comprehensive information on these undeservingly underrated musical highlights.

A little later, by the end of 1977, reflecting on an extremely massive promotion of nuclear power stations in Switzerland i attempted to enter the mind of those promoters, to guess what their possible next steps could be. At once i understood, that those who assume they rule over the world follow oh so often the same procedure: Divide et impera, divide and rule. Were we therefore on the verge of a made-up battle of the anti-nuclear-power versus anti-nuke-weapons action groups? Their respective symbols were the Nuclear Disarmament symbol and the 'Nuclear Energy? No thanks' laughing sun. Combining the shape of one and the colors of the other linked the two movements visually. - Buttons and stickers were produced in Switzerland for the Easter-march 1978. Attempts to distribute this logo worldwide didn't succeed then.

Many years later i suddenly became aware of the similarity of the Peace Festival logo with the Universal Man design by Leonardo da Vinci. But in the late 80's this man-figure was outdated. It needed a female side. - Then i worked on the sketches to design 
A life-symbol for the third Millennium...

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