Artist Lin Evola creates figural sculptures cast from decommissioned guns and other weapons, aimed at transforming these weapons into unifying symbols of peace. Prior to 9/11, Evola hoped to display her sculpture, Renaissance Peace Angel, within the World Trade Center complex. Shortly after the site’s destruction, she met Antonio “Nino” Vendome, who had established a 24-hour-a-day canteen for rescue and recovery workers at his family’s restaurant, Nino’s, on Canal Street in lower Manhattan. Vendome agreed to install the sculpture in front of the restaurant, where it became a landmark for Ground Zero workers and volunteers, many of whom signed its cement base.
Renaissance Peace Angel, 1997
Lin Evola (American, b. 1950)
Bronze and decommissioned weapons
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Gift of Linda Marie Viola Evola Wamke Smidt