Earth Elegies V
THE TAPESTRY OF HOPE
of many colors intertwined within
some small way,
And now, in this ever-evolving digital dialectic,
we ask that you create your own unique poem
as penance for your Earthly Sins.
Please take some time to think of the meanings of these phrases
and contemplate how each one of us is a steward.
In the spirit of collaboration for the Earth's future well-being
we ask that you become a co-creator,
using phrases to create your own statement.
We must never forget that our daily choices are indeed important and ...
Man is but a strand in the web of life
We shall require a substantially new manner
of thinking if mankind is to survive.
When we created our ViewArt website in 1994, THE TAPESTRY OF HOPE became one of the first pieces of interactive literature online. The poem was composed for our 1993-94 NYC commissioned, multimedia installation, THE THREADS THAT BIND US - EARTH ELEGIES I. It was written as a collaboration that invited the museum viewer to be a participant. Those who chose to contribute were asked to add their hand by tying a thread onto a tapestry while giving pause to contemplate the future well being of the Earth.
Subsequently, in the spirit of enlarging our collaboration and the interactive nature of our work, we asked visitors to our Los Angeles DIALOGUES WITH THE DEITY - EARTH ELEGIES II solo show to create their own unique statements. The poem was broken up into thirty-two phrases that were then put onto magnetic metallic strips and placed randomly on a lectern. The results varied not only in their expressions but in their physical configurations as well. A sampling of these were documented as part of the evolving process of the installation.
In our 1998-99 installation, IN THE BEGINNING - EARTH ELEGIES III, part of the ELEMENTS exhibition at Frank Lloyd Wright's Barnsdall Art Park, the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, poems written - on site or submitted via the Internet - were printed out and placed within a book -- EVOLUTION: A TAPESTRY OF HOPE over the duration of this new media installation.
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