UNITY Public Art Project Counters National Political Tone
Interactive public art project examines how labels both help and hinder our ability to build unity as a nation and as a human race.
Feeling compelled to demonstrate we are more united than divided, despite current political conversations, Nancy Belmont, creator of the Courage Wall, launches a new interactive public art project at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016. The UNITY public art project will be located at 2200 Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia from June 2-12, 2016.
UNITY is circular arrangement of 32 poles in a large field. Each pole is labeled with an identifier. For example, “I’m a parent,” “I speak English as a Second Language,” “I identify as LGBTQ.” With yarn, participants tie to each pole with which they identify. A canopy of interconnectedness forms as more people participate. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something. This project celebrates the uniqueness of individuals and raises awareness of how labels impact our perception of and interactions with the world.
Nancy believes that UNITY can change the tone of our national conversation. She hopes that a renewed spirit of optimism, camaraderie and respectfulness emerges that prompts unitive leadership as we move toward and beyond the November 2016 elections. Her vision is for communities around the country and even the world to build their own versions of the project, spreading unity around the globe.
Nancy is the CEO and Chief Inspiration Officer at Vessence Corporation. In May 2015 she launched the Courage Wall as a way to raise awareness of the fears that hold us back from living big, bold authentic lives. The Courage Wall and UNITY are both projects that fall under her #WeLiveBig initiative to promote human flourishing.