Messages of hope inside thousands of doves at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral

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Peace Doves created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker, featuring over 15,000 paper doves suspended in the Cathedral

A breathtaking new art installation, featuring thousands of paper doves  is finally opening at Liverpool Cathedral. ’Peace Doves’ was originally scheduled to open last May, but was postponed due to the pandemic.  

More than 15 thousand paper doves will be suspended from the ceiling of the Anglican cathedral. Each has a hand written message of peace, hope and  love from schoolchildren and community groups from across Liverpool, who were invited to write their messages before lockdown. 

 Peace Doves was created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker, and is expected to bring thousand of visitors to the cathedral over the next few months. 

The Dean of Liverpool, The Very Reverend Dr Sue Jones, said:

Visitors were invited to write messages of peace, hope and love on the cut-outs.

Peter Walker added:

As well as Peace Doves, visitors to the cathedral will also be able to view the return of the popular Angel Wings moving light projection, created by Luxmuralis.

Visitors can take photos and videos in front of the shoulder height, angel wings which pulsate and change colour to a curated soundtrack.

Another new, interactive art installation also going on display is Peace to Ourselves. Visitors will be asked to place a button inside the shape of a giant dove and take a moment to contemplate the past year and remember those who have lost their lives. 

The installations will officially open on May 21st and will also feature as part of Liverpool's LightNight event that evening. It will run until August 31st, 2021. The installations are free to view but due to COVID regulations, bookings must be made in advance. 

 To book your slot for May visit:

Further slots will be released later this month. Visit Liverpool Cathedral's website for updates.