Since 1975, Linda Covit has created numerous art interventions presented in Canada and abroad. Her artworks address issues of nature, the environment, and peace. Water Garden, integrated with the Water Centre building in Calgary, and Shangri La Stripe Room, at the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas, are among her most recent creations.
The art intervention was produced when the Rue Peel entrance to Mount Royal Park was refurbished. It marked the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in in Montréal, during which the song “Give Peace a Chance” was recorded. The artwork borders one of the curves in the path leading to Olmsted Road. On the path side, it is defined by two rocks symbolizing the mountain; on the east, by vegetation. In an arch on the ground are 180 rectangular limestone flagstones, on 40 of which are engraved the sentence “Give peace a chance” in 40 languages.
The artwork, produced jointly by the artist Linda Covit and the landscape architect Marie-Claude Séguin of Cardinal Hardy et associés, is a symbol of peace and a reflection of the social diversity that has been built in Montréal over the centuries. The installation integrates engraved elements and plant components that create a space inviting reflection, in harmony with the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), the landscape architect who designed Mount Royal Park.
The 40 languages are Algonquin, Arab, Armenian, Bengali, Creole, Croat, Danish, Dutch, English, English Braille, French, French Braille, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Huron-Wendat, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Malagasy, Mandarin, Mohawk, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yiddish.