Hello and welcome to this Boosted crowdfunding campaign
to raise funds for an exciting new peace project in Dunedin - the
Archibald Baxter Peace Garden.
What is the project?
The Archibald Baxter Peace Garden is an important project of
national significance to honour and celebrate peacemaking and to
recognise those conscientious objectors who have left a legacy of
principled resistance to war that is today more relevant than ever
in our conflict-ridden world.
Archibald Baxter is New Zealand's best-known conscientious
objector. Archibald steadfastly endured the suffering caused by his
decision to reject military service during the First World War and
was transported to France and exposed to the horrors of frontline
Where is the Site?
The Dunedin site for the installation is the Albany Street
steps, offered to the trust by the Dunedin City Council, and sits
at the junction of Albany and George Streets, close to the city
centre. Passed by large numbers of pedestrians and vehicles every
day, this site will attract many visitors and provide a talking
point which other more spacious but remote sites would not. At the
same time, the focal point of the peace garden - the sculpture -
will be raised far enough above street level to be a place for
The Sculpture and Peace Garden
Arrowtown based artist, Shane
Woolridge has designed the sculpture to be
constructed from Queenstown schist and Glenorchy slate. As you can
see in the video, the sculpture is in the form of a pillar of
stacked plates, curving at the top, and inspired by the image of a
prisoner tied to a pole in what was a form of military discipline
known as Field Punishment No.1. Here is a link to Shane's
The peace garden itself has been designed by prizewinning
Queenstown landscape architects, Baxter Design
Group. Their design is inspiring, beautiful and ambitious
in scope. It will feature drifts of native planting, weathered
timber boardwalk, timbered walls, exposed aggregate, seating and
The completed project will be a valuable civic amenity that will
enhance the area encompassing the Albany Street steps.
How much have we raised so far?
To date the Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust has raised
approximately $126.000 towards the project which has been budgeted
to cost around $426,000. Generous pledges have come from Otago
Community Trust ($75,000), The Alexander McMillan Trust ($20,000)
and the AAW Jones Charitable Trust ($10,000), and the balance
from individual donations.
We would love your support!
We are delighted to be able to use Boosted crowdfunding to focus
on the sculpture for the peace garden. Our aim is to raise $20,000
in 30 days to help reach the level of funding which will qualify us
to apply to Lotteries Heritage for the balance of funds. A
successful application will allow the project to proceed "full
Any donation, large or small, to this Boosted crowdfunding
campaign will be gratefully accepted and we look forward to keeping
you informed as we strive to meet our $20,000 funding target. Thank