2012 marked 200 years of peace between Canada and the US.
In honor of this, the International Peace Garden decided to replicate the "Hands of Peace" sculpture that deteriorated years ago.
In 1975, the Wally Byam Caravan Club Inc. and the city of Brandon joined together to create a 3 and a half foot tall sculpture representing the "hands of peace."
Since it's deterioration --- there has been nothing in it's place.
This week, the participants in the work of art are making a 6 foot tall structure to replicate the original.
The restoration is a 139 thousand dollar project, so the groups are trying to fundraiser as much as possible by October of this year.
A member of the Peace Garden Unit says that the monument is the perfect way to represent unity not only between these 2 countries, but to the whole world.
(Vern Zink, Member of ND Peace Garden Unit) "I feel that it, it just kind of recognizes the dignity of man. It recognizes the fact that we have protected our freedoms, achieved peace for 200 years; let's dedicate those 200 years to the future generations of the world and say 'this is how to live."
To donate to the "Hands of Peace" restoration project, you can send your money directly to the International Peace Garden.
The finished product is estimated to be up by early 2015.