The Peace Boxes

  The Priority Boxes Art Project by Franck de las Mercedes © 2006-2016: A Message of Peace and Hope

With labels that read "Fragile Contains:Peace, Love or Hope", visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that seeks to initiate dialogue on peace, challenge people to reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority given to those concepts. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to convey that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible to all. From his small New Jersey studio, the artist has sent over 16,000 boxes around the globe, to countries in every continent.

Since its beginning in 2006, the project has been funded by the artist and donations and has evolved into a movement that has been embraced by popular culture, the mainstream media, schools and art educators across America.


After 10 wonderful years, the project has come to a close and we no longer send free boxes.



Are you and educator looking to make peace boxes wirh your students? Here's a free download of the lesson guide to bring the project to life:

Download Free Lesson Plan by FdlM and Free Printable Label templates for your boxes.