Peace, Love & Evolution - A Community Celebration under the brilliance of the super moon, great public art with great public artists - free to the public great family community
Bringing together the 5 neighborhoods that surround the Thomas Road Overpass to celebrate neighborhood spirit and revitalization through music, song, poetry, dance and community cuisine.
This is a "Love Story" that involves two communities, 300 Phoenix residents and spans 23 years.
Marilyn Zwak was brought to Phoenix in 1988 from her remote ranch in southeast Arizona and was chosen from a field of 500 artists to serve as the first design team artist for the City of Phoenix. Her work on the Thomas Road Overpass at 20th Street and Thomas received national acclaim. The art involves 34 massive murals of concrete bas-reliefs set within 3” deep surrounding beds of adobe adorned with indigenous rock. The reliefs sculpturally celebrate the work of the Hohokam Indians. Over 300 residents were invited to leave their messages in the adobe to bring healing to the residents who sacrificed their homes and neighborhoods for the Overpass.
Brought back to Phoenix in 2013, by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture for the cleansing and restoration of the 23-year-old work, Marilyn was invited to reconnect with the neighborhoods. She was inspired to stage a “Love In” by this intention. She said, “I saw as I cleansed all the adobe how my simple finger etchings connected all this diverse work into one harmonious earth tapestry. In my return to Phoenix, I want to connect us person-to-person in play, celebration and love as I wrote in the adobe long ago . . . "
Marilyn returns from her Cochise County community every Monday to work on the restoration project. Last week was her final week on the project. She is hosting a Full Moon Summer Solstice "Love In" on Sunday, June 23. Her community from Cochise County will come up for the event and she is inviting the five neighborhoods that surround the Thomas Road Overpass to celebrate neighborhood spirit and revitalization through music, song, poetry, dance and community cuisine.
ABC Channel 15 viewers were introduced last week to Marilyn's work on the Thomas Road Overpass. She is 64 now and was working in the Arizona heat every day. Her mantra has been "When Our Hearts Beat As One." You can see her finger etching of "When Our Hearts Beat AS One" and more about Marilyn's current work on the Overpass on Monica Martinez's blog: http://monicaaissamartinez.wordpress.com/tag/marilyn-zwak/.
Marilyn is working with -- The Fusion Foundation, a community-building organization, to host the "Love In," which takes place Sunday, June 23, the night of the Full Moon and Summer Solstice. The night will feature an evening full of art, music, drumming, dancing and poetry. While the event is free to all, organic food will be prepared by Your Community Cook Ingrid Hirtz, who operates as a pay-as-you can basis -- consciously choosing the value of great, local organic food from Fair Trade Cafe.
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