THE TAPESTRY OF HOPE

Threads of many colors intertwined within
A complex and diverse tapestry.
Seeking to unite the fabric by inclusiveness,
Vast arrays of shapes and textures, colors and sounds,
Thoughts and language of one World, one Humanity.
It is ours to make a peaceful dwelling place,
Only to be savored for the moment and then passed along
To the next generation of caretakers.
This sacred trust is for all to share
The magnificence of what is before us.
We have reveled in our uniqueness, our place in
The universe for far too long;
With Nature's revealed truth,
Man is but a strand in the web of life.

 

 

 

THE TAPESTRY OF HOPE is a poem that we composed for our commissioned, multimedia installation, THE THREADS THAT BIND US - EARTH ELEGIES. This installation was part of the AISHET HAYIL/WOMAN OF VALOR exhibition (1993-94) at Yeshiva University Museum in NYC.

It was written as an interactive component which invited the viewer to be a participant in this site-specific installation. Those who chose to participate were asked to add their hand by tying a knot onto a tapestry, while perhaps giving a momentary pause to contemplate the future well being of the Earth..

In the spirit of enlarging our collaboration and the interactive element of our work, we asked visitors to our DIALOGUES WITH THE DEITY 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-like structure. 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.

When we created our viewart website in 1994, THE TAPESTRY OF HOPE became one of the first pieces of interactive literature on the World Wide Web. Visitors to our poem page can, once again, transpose the order of the phrases and when satisfied, email their poem, which becomes part of an international electronic archive.

In our installation, IN THE BEGINNING, part of the ELEMENTS exhibition (1998-99) at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Frank Lloyd Wright's Barnsdall Art Park, poems submitted via the Internet to Barnsdall were printed out and placed within a book -- EVOLUTION: A TAPESTRY OF HOPE.

In 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of our work with the Love Canal Homeowners Association - LOVE CANAL: BLUEPRINT FOR A DISASTER - and the 15th anniversary of our TAPESTRY OF HOPE interactive poem, we launched a worldwide environmental project - STRANGE LOVE, EARTHLY SINS: EARTH ELEGIES V- where we repurposed the poem to serve as its confessional PENANCE component.

As The Tapestry of Hope has now entered into its second decade, we once again invite you to join CoLabART and create your own poem regarding the future well being of the Earth as a facet to our VOICE OF THE LANDSCAPE project

In the spirit of enlarging our collaboration, we ask that you become a
co-creator with us by using phrases from our poem
to create your own unique statement.
 

"We are still in Eden; the wall that shuts us out of the garden is our ignorance and folly."
Thomas Cole, Essay on American Scenery, 1835

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LOVE CANAL:
BLUEPRINT FOR A DISASTER



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IN THE BEGINNING

 

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AISHET HAYIL
WOMAN OF VALOR


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DIALOGUES WITH THE DEITY

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER

Man is but a strand
in the web of life

We are the ancestors of generations yet to come.

Let us be remembered as the wise ones who veered away from extinction
so that we may be recalled as the stewards of salvation
who charted a path towards a sustainable future.

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