UNITY Public Art Project
On September 9th, 2017, the Village of Black Earth, Black Earth Public Library, Wisconsin Heights School District and Northwest Dane Senior services participated in an interactive public art project.
Compelled to counter the divisiveness and negativity surround our country’s national political conversations and bring community cohesiveness these four groups selected the UNITY project to show how labels both help and hinder our ability to build unity as a nation, a community and as a human race.
UNITY is a circular arrangement of 32 poles in a large field. Each pole is labeled with an identifier. For example, “I speak English as a second language.” Or “I am a student of Wisconsin Heights School District.” 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.