Deryk Houston, (born January 7, 1954), is a Canadian artist and the subject of a documentary created by the National Film Board of Canada, titled From Baghdad to Peace Country. In 1999, Houston had a life-altering journey to Baghdad. Unable to remain an outside observer of the crisis in Iraq, Deryk travelled to witness first-hand the impact of international sanctions on the Iraqi people. Compelled to speak out, the artist embarked upon a unique nature art project designed to call attention to the situation of the children of Iraq. Using rocks, gravel and hay, Deryk began to create large-scale art installations in the image of a mother and child against diverse landscapes around the world. His earthen-work Peace Sanctuary in Northeastern British Columbia can be seen via Google Maps.
In 2015, in collaboration with Woodwynn farms, a therapeutic community for the homeless, Houston designed and constructed a one-acre Peace Garden. This incorporated sculptures and an eighty-foot diameter labyrinth filled with over five hundred edible sage and lavender. The idea was to bring the community together and provide a place of peace for everyone.
- Official website
- From Baghdad to Peace Country
- Art of the Peace
- Deryk Houston's Art Exhibition Online
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