COMMUNITY MEETING TO ADDRESS THE THEFT AND VANDALISM OF THE COMMUNITY PEACEMAKING ART INSTALLATION AT PALMISANO PARK
The Ten Thousand Ripples public art installation located at Palmisano Park, which was created to inspire peace and community engagement, was recently vandalized. The stunning circle of 15 white Buddha sculptures by renowned artist Indira Freitas Johnson, were graffitied and six of the heads were ripped from their concrete bases and stolen. The Park District, Artist and collaborative partner, Changing Worlds will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the incident and to engage the community in how to heal the installation.
Ten Thousand Ripples (TTR) is a multi-platform public arts project, undertaken as a collaboration between artist Indira Freitas Johnson and Changing Worlds, a 20 year old nonprofit that works to foster inclusive communities, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. The goal of TTR is to provide the general community with an intense and meaningful public art experience outside of traditional art venues and in doing so act as a catalyst for community conversations and interactions about peace and nonviolence. The emerging Buddha sculptures can be seen all over Chicago.
Michael Dimitroff, Manager of Art Initiatives at the Chicago Park District, Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, learned of the incident and immediately set up a meeting with Ms. Johnson and the Changing Worlds team to discuss the issue. It was decided that a community meeting would be held on Saturday, March 18th at 11am at the Palmisano Park Field House (2700 S Halsted) to discuss the incident and collectively decide how to respond and what to do with the installation. We are encouraging all community members who enjoy the park to join us and weigh in.