BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Brookfield artists Bruce and Joanne Hunter feel very strongly about equal rights, and to demonstrate this they organized a mural for the public to help create.
Participants will be able to work on the mural, called “Eyes of the World,” in Manhattan on Saturday. The event is in the same location as the Women's March on New York City.
The mural will be made of broken ceramic tile pieces, adhered to a board. Participants will put corresponding color tile pieces onto the board, where that same color will be painted.
"The mural is a tangible and permanent piece of art in the name of equality for all," Joanne Hunter said. The Hunters are owners of The Art Spot, a school of fine arts in Danbury.
The idea for the mural came about as a result of the Women’s March on New York City, which is intended to support equality and promote civil rights. The march was organized in response to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump on Friday.
The art event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Manhattan Ballroom at 1 Dag Hammarskoljd Plaza in New York City. It's free and open to those who attend the march -- as well as anyone else who wants to take part in it.
All of the "eyes" in the project are different colors to represent the eyes of all the different people in the world.
Joanne Hunter explained that the mural signifies that "our eyes are constantly watching to ensure any and all policies passed embody human rights, advance civil rights and promote the highest degree of equality.
"The message embodied by the opus reminds the United States Government that people created this mural -- side-by-side, crossing language, race, creed, age, ability, gender and socio-economic differences," Hunter said.
No art or tiling experience is necessary and participants can spend as long as they want on the project. "We have enough work for everyone," Joanne Hunter said.
"We wanted to have something that was a collaboration because the march is a collaboration -- it's all the eyes of the world," she said.
Once the mural is complete, the Hunters will be gifting it to the City of New York to be hung somewhere in New York City -- the location of which has not yet been determined.
"We are so honored to be part of the whole women's march," Joanne Hunter said. "We feel this project will be another important addition to New York's public art.
"We feel this has a lot of value because so many hands will work side by side to create this," she said.
The Hunters are bringing with them a team of 12 artists from The Art Spot who will help participants with the project. "Bruce and I will be overseeing everything but we will also be working hands on with the people who choose to participate in this."
The project will take place at the Manhatten Ballroom, at One UN Hotel at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 2nd Flr.
For more information on the mural, call the Art Spot at 203-791-8244
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