The Peace Chamber happening now
The Peace Chamber
The Crosses of Lafayette
The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery January 2017
The Peace Chamber is a conceptual art installation where the Gallery itself transforms into Art. The work re-visits the meaning and message behind The Crosses of Lafayette. The installation is a multi-layered experience created with cut paper, reflective surfaces, video and computer altered photography.
The space invites you to remember, reflect and begin again.
The Crosses of Lafayette, a grassroots protest and living memorial begun in 2003 has had its well-publicized controversies but regardless of one’s political or religious affiliation, or how you may feel about its presence in Lafayette, the hill has evolved into a true Peace Memorial, internationally recognized yet deeply rooted here in the golden grasses and rolling hills of the East Bay. The grassroots founders, resilient yet getting on in years, continue to climb the hill monthly to battle the weeds, and to repair rotten and fallen crosses. The sign is periodically updated by a single volunteer with a shocking number representing the body count from the Iraq and Afghan wars (still underway). The hillside has become a non-political, and multi-faith place of healing, where gold star moms pay tribute to lost children, a place for annual community vigils, poetry readings and drum circles. Travelers on Bart and Highway 24 are confronted daily with the conspicuous reminder of the tragic costs of war.
The hill has been inspiration to countless photographers, fine artists and film makers; this work continues in that tradition.
The Peace Chamber begins with a 20’ wide mural of the hillside where through Photoshop and traditional collage methods, the number of crosses and other religious symbols have been multiplied to represent a more accurate count of the loss associated with the Iraq War. The space is then swathed in over 500 paper crosses and laser cut mirrors creating an infinity affect. An audio component activates the senses.
The installation is inescapably interactive.
During the month of January 2017 while the installation is up, the Gallery will host concerts, non-denominational meditations, and a speaker series. The Gallery will offer programming and the viewing of the artwork free of charge with the goal of promoting Peace, community dialogue and individual reflection through Art. For details on how to visit please go to Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery.
To learn more about this project read Lara's Blog.
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