“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider.”
King Solomon c. 990–931 BCE
Resilience is not just an attribute of the individual: communities have collective resilience.
The novichok incident is sorely testing the city of Salisbury: the absence of tourists and a thinning city evidence reports that businesses are 20-40 per cent down. Yet, in being laid bare, the city shows its true colours. There is an openness of hearts in the shops, on the streets and in the market square. Salisbury is demonstrating it is a city of friendship and pulling together to conquer adversity. Visions of hope are everywhere, for Salisbury is full of doves following Michael Pendry’s installation of ’Les Colombes’ – 2,500 folded white paper doves suspended high above the Nave in the Cathedral. This installation catalyzed Salisbury’s overt and collective embrace of peace in the novichok wake. Doves flocked to the windows of shops as Salisbury joined hands providing doves not just for the cathedral but also to its own community; hope spilled onto the pavements as windows filled with this ubiquitous symbol.
When Picasso introduced his dove as the international symbol of peace in 1950 he said, “I stand for life against death; I stand for peace against war.” King Solomon, the original “man of peace” advocated a considered response to adversity. Rather than baying for retaliation, the doves flying through Salisbury show the city has issued a considered response to the novichok incident – a legacy for peace.
Above, doves in a Salisbury shop window.
Above and below, doves in a basket in Fisherton Mill Gallery and Cafe, ready for customers to take home and share with loved ones.
Visit Salisbury’s City of Doves in the Cathedral until 22 July 2018. More information here.
Read about artist Michael Pendry here.
Watch a video of Michael talking about his installation here.
A Social Identity Model of Collective Resilience (SIMCR) is suggested, where co-operative behaviour is the normative response. Cocking, Christopher (2016) Collective resilience and social support in the face of adversity: evidence From Social Psychology In: Kumar, U., ed. The Routledge international handbook of psychosocial resilience. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 111-123. https://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/16232/
This article includes extractions from an article written by Estelle for the Salisbury Journal and you can read that in full here.