The “Peace Dove” – a metal sculpture composed of firearm parts – is being created by Ryan Feeney, an Indianapolis firefighter and the founder of Indy Art Forge. The parts come from guns that were used in the commission of crimes and subsequently destroyed by the sheriff’s office.
Feeney, whose work will serve as a memorial to victims of homicide within the county, fabricated the Fallen Deputy Memorial that stands in front of the Marion County Jail and the bronze eagle at the Indianapolis 9-11 Memorial.
Sheriff John Layton and his office are raising funds so Feeney can complete his work on the “Peace Dove,” whose permanent home has not been established.
“A memorial of this nature is needed in our community,” said Layton. “We see this sculpture as a great opportunity to raise awareness for homicide victims and the needs of their surviving family members. It is also important to support public art, and there are many excellent examples, including the artwork along the Cultural Trail and in Eskenazi Hospital.
“I believe that the people of Marion County will embrace this memorial to homicide victims, both for its incredible artistic value and what it will represent to the community.”