The ‘Peace Table’ manufactured by Japanese woodworker George Nakashima, as a symbol of world peace has finally found its place in the newly constructed Hall of Peace in the Unity Pavilion in Auroville’s International Zone. The inauguration was attended by family members of the deceased artist and high ranked officials including two Ambassadors.
Some decades ago, Nakashima, while living in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, influenced by the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and Mother conceived the idea of offering to each continent of the world a table for peace, crafted from two great 300-year-old eastern black walnut trees. During his stay in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, he made the table. Four of the six peace tables have been completed. One is placed in New York in the Cathedral of St John the Divine, the second one is in Moscow in the Academy of Fine Arts, the third one is in Auroville and the fourth one has found a place in Johannesburg, South Africa in the Desmund Tutu Peace Centre.