The Harmony Project is the vision of Ashcroft artists Marina Papais and Daniel Collette, who wanted to create a focal point for discussion on reconciliation.
This joint initiative of the Ashcroft Rotary and Lions Clubs will see the construction and installation of the World Harmony Mosaic: a large piece of public mosaic art and the accompanying Peace Bell in a covered structure at the entrance to the town of Ashcroft.
The Ashcroft Rotary and Lions Clubs have been working together for several years to revitalize the Chinese Cemetery in Ashcroft and the mosaic is intended to acknowledge the contributions of Chinese, First Nations and other nationalities to the building of the community and region. Design elements will include Chinese, First Nations and other motifs expressing the theme of harmony. The design incorporates a “harmony bell” that people will be encouraged to ring.
In the winter of 2016–17, the artists were hard at work mapping out a production plan and creating artistic samples to ensure thematic integrity. The construction of the harmony bell tower was scheduled for late spring. The artwork is being developed in consultation with Elders from the Ashcroft Indian Band, who have endorsed the project. The New Pathways to Gold Society has contributed $14,000 contribution to the project.