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Say A Little Prayer For U.S.

Outdoor Installation

June 27 ‒ August 11, 2017

Planthouse is pleased to present Say A Little Prayer For U.S.

Hung in the Planthouse back garden space, surrounded by architecture of the Garment district, the textile flags will register expressions of protest, and hope. Following their exemplars, the flags are meant to spread peace, compassion, strength and wisdom to others through the wind, benefitting all. Instead of catching breezes, the flags will be tucked into the urban jungle; seen from above or from within the garden, they may signify the power of small actions and collaboration within a harsh environment. They will disintegrate over time through exposure to the elements, with the symbolism of their messages becoming part of the world.

Say a Little Prayer for U.S. is a collaborative expression of hope and protest, wisdom and gratitude from a diversity of American voices. Screenprinted on cotton voile in shades of red, white and blue, each text edition is a collection of prayers, personal mantras, favorite lines from songs, poetry, film and video games, famous quotations, protest slogans, battle cries and pieces of homegrown wisdom from a group of mothers, soldiers, teachers, immigrants, preachers, young men of color or the artist’s own family. Words of pain and disappointment are interwoven with celebratory exclamations, playful prose and occasional irony to create a visual tribute to the range of experiences and personalities that compose the rich tapestry of America.

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