Bringing together disparate parts and disparate people
Working with civic groups, in school classrooms, or in private business settings, the intention is still the same; to establish collaboration and community. I have worked with as few as 8 and as many as 450 individuals to create permanent works of art. The completed work is more about the process of connection that happens when the work is in progress than about the finished product, but some astounding work has been created. As the facilitator, I am always inspired by the experience of disparate parts and people coming together to complete a finished image of which they are all a part. The idea that the participants can pick out their individual parts when completed, speaks to the understanding that without the contribution of each individual, the mural or sculpture would not be complete. Each person affects and is a valuable part of the whole. In some ways this is a performance piece when even observers are astounded by the beauty and joy of the experience.