The “Power of Public Art” project is made possible by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. It is allocated for art use only. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Program works to showcase the potential of artists to work with civic leaders, drawing attention to and encouraging dialogue around pressing problems. The Public Art Challenge was founded to further this work and support temporary public art projects that engage communities and enrich the quality of life in cities. The cities of Coral Springs and Parkland are committed to the wellbeing and safety of our beloved community members, and this public art project is an opportunity for us to come together in our healing process.
All art work and events will be free and open to the public. The project costs will be fully funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and non-profit partners. The hope is that the cities and residents will benefit from the lasting impacts of the Public Art.
Are people profiting from the pain and grief of the victims of the Parkland and Coral Springs communities?
The artists will be compensated for their installations, that funding is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, not the Cities of Parkland or Coral Springs. There is no charge to view or participate in any of the projects.
Five artists were selected by Coral Springs personnel, who worked with Via Partnerships to apply for, and secure Public Art foundation funding . The advisory committee involved going forward are the Coral Springs Police Department, Cultural Affairs division, licensed art therapists and Marjory Stoneman Douglas students.
David Best has said, “it’s important that this Temple is burned… It’s that person who comes and works on it… that puts spirit into the project… the most important thing is that the person who has something to get out of their soul and out of their body gets to get it out. “
The idea of fire as cleansing has been known and taught by healers and artists throughout the millenia. Gathering the community’s expressions of pain, rage, suffering, loss and grief, in the appropriate container, with the appropriate support – like a David Best temple – and leaving them to be burned, enables a release, and purifies and shifts energy.
Fire purifies and also transmutes substance: grain into bread, clay into pottery, iron into sword, wood into ash, which provides nutrients for the soil… from which new life can spring, nourished by the old.
When properly facilitated, burning can help shift our feelings, and create something new.
The artist, David Best, met with victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, families, first responders and organizations who have been directly impacted and invited them to assist him and his volunteer temple crew, to construct the Temple of Time. If you have a group or organization that would like to participate in the build, email Dale Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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