Garden of Peace, a Place for Grief and Hope

Planned by landscape architect Catherine Melina and sculptor Judy Kensley McKie, this memorial to victims of homicide provides a pathway and suggests a journey. Captions in these four photos are quoted from Catherine Melina’s artist statement on the Garden of Peace website.

I visited the Garden of Peace for the first time a few months ago, shortly after I decided to post about the work of women on Public Art Walk Boston. I’ve gone back twice since then and plan to go again for the thirteenth annual gathering in September to honor victims of violence in Massachusetts. That would include more than 970 names already engraved, plus those added in 2017. I believe that I will have more to say or show after being with people who interact with the commemorative stones, walls, and walkways. For now I’ll share information from valuable links with compelling essentials about this memorial space.

Entries and Pathways

Captions in the next four photos also are quoted from Catherine Melina’s artist statement on the Garden of Peace website.

“Ibis Ascending”

Captions and the statement below are quoted from Judy Kensley McKie’s artist statement on the Garden of Peace website.

“Since Jesse was murdered, I have felt the need for a place where his life and spirit could be remembered along with all those others who have suffered similar deaths: a place where those who have lost loved ones to violence could gather to leave flowers and to share the unbearable pain of such a loss.I believe every parent who loses a child to violence goes through the process of trying to figure out what they can do to effect change so that this will never happen again – to anyone.”


The Garden of Peace website offers comprehensive and detailed information, as well as links to anti-violence organizations. I have added a link to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute here because that link was not working on the Garden of Peace listing.

Biographies of Catherine Melina and Judy Kensley McKie indicate the range of work and perspective combined in their collaboration. For images of many other animals in Judy McKie’s paintings, drawings, furniture and sculpture, click here. 

For the Garden of Peace location and basic description as a site on the Public Art Walk Boston, click here. For an overview and more about one hundred sites on Public Art Walk Boston, click here.

Please comment with questions or ideas that could improve this post. Many thanks.


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  1. […] first post about the Garden of Peace contains information, observations, and images based on several visits to the garden and its […]

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