The Peace Fountain

Gagnon Sculpture Walking Tour

The Peace Fountain

Rochester, Minnesota 55902, United States

Created By: Charles E. Gagnon Museum and Sculpture Garden


Commissioned by the City of Rochester in 1988, the Peace Fountain was designed by Charles E. Gagnon to be, as the name suggests, a symbol of peace. Being Rochester's only professional sculptor at the time, Gagnon was a perfect fit for this job. Containing sixty interlocking, large, bronze doves, the Peace Fountain stands twelve feet tall. Each dove represents peace for a different location. Fifty for each state of the United States, seven for the seven continents, and three at the top to represent peace in the past, present and future.

At the base of the fountain, a plaque reads "May the Peace Fountain be a symbol of international peace for all present and future generations."

The Peace Fountain was so well received, a German collector asked Gagnon to make a sister peace fountain for their international headquarters in Germany.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Gagnon Sculpture Walking Tour


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