The Peace Tower emerged from the L.A.-based Artists Protest Committee’s desire to draw attention to the war in Vietnam. Designed by the sculptor Mark di Suvero, the 60-foot construction was collaboratively built by di Suvero, Lloyd Hamrol, Mel Edwards, Ed Bereal, Judy Chicago, and others. The Tower was surrounded by a wall of hundreds of 2-foot square panels painted by artists from around the world. The inaugural ceremony on February 26, 1966 included speeches by Susan Sontag, Irving Petlin, former Green Beret Donald Duncan, and children releasing doves. The organizers were forced to take it down after three months, but the Tower continues to inspire artists as a symbol for peace.