Thursday, November 17, 2016

VCU Launches Public Art Project for Unification

Big ball of yarn hopes to show how we're all connected.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 11:10 AM

click to enlarge VCU students will attempt to show their interconnected bonds with yarn near the James Branch Cabell Library.
  • VCU students will attempt to show their interconnected bonds with yarn near the James Branch Cabell Library.

All around RVA, college students are reacting in various ways to the election of Donald Trump. We all know about the angry protests erupting around the country (12 young people were arrested here in Richmond near VCU).

But have you heard about the yarn project?

Today, Virginia Commonwealth University's Division for Inclusive Excellence, Department of Psychology and Parternship for People with Disabilities at the School of Education are partnering to launch a public interactive art project called UNITY.

The project will feature a circular arrangement of 32 poles in a large field with each pole labeled as an identifier (for example, "I speak English as a second language" or "I identify as LGBTQ"). Participants in the project use yarn to tie to whatever pole they identify. Organizers hope that in the end, a "canopy of interconnectedness" will form as more people get involved.

Here's a video of an impressive Yarn Barn being raised in Alexandria. (Try not to get tangled, people, and be careful with those scissors.)

The project is open to the public and you can find it in the open grassy area in front of the James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. It will be up starting today through Sunday, Nov. 20.

Across town at the University of Richmond, students are putting their own spin on the election by protest marching for things they like, as reported out by the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Ah, to be young again.

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