ND Photographer Publishes Book on International Peace Garden

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VCTR Staff
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North Dakota photographer Kari Barchenger has turned her camera in a new direction with the release of “The International Peace Garden, promise of peace.” Her 88-page full color collection of images of the International Peace Garden, located North of Dunseith, North Dakota and South of Boissevain, Manitoba, is the first ever photo collection to feature the International Peace Garden in its 84-year history.

Inspiration to produce her new book came after thirty years photographing weddings, students and corporate leaders. When she joined her father Arthur Norby in the delivery of his new sculpture, Promise of Peace, to the International Peace Garden in 2015, she found a new world of color. The International Peace Garden contains over 75,000 flowering shrubs, perennials and bulbs as well as some 6,500 cacti and succulents. Barchenger has chosen an array of floral images, backed up by photos of historic buildings and monuments such the one hundred twenty foot tall Peace Tower which is scheduled to be removed in 2016, or 2017.

International Peace Garden CEO Garry Enns said of Barchenger’s book, “Kari Barchenger has captured the essence of the International Peace Garden in her photographs and in this first ever publication dedicated to the story and the beauty of the International Peace Garden. Her ability to find just the right light combined with just the right vantage makes each of her photographs a work of art. You will see the thousands of flowers quite differently once you have seen them - through her eyes - on the pages of this book.”

“The International Peace Garden, promise of peace” will be available at numerous North Dakota locations beginning mid-June, as well as from her website. The book is being formally released with a book signing at the International Peace Garden July 24, 2016, when the Promise of Peace sculpture will be dedicated.

Norby’s six foot tall stainless steel sculpture depicts two folded hands releasing a dove. The sculpture will be placed in a landscaped fountain straddling the North Dakota/Canada border. Although this is Norby’s first stainless steel sculpture he has produced monumental bronze and steel sculptures throughout the United States. 

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