SAIC Alumna Promotes Peace with Collaborative Public Art Project
On November 13 the India Post detailed Ten Thousand Ripples (TTR)— a collaborative public art and civic engagement project featuring 100 Buddha sculptures designed by SAIC alum Indira Johnson (MFA 1967). Funded by Changing Worlds, TTR will install sculptures throughout 10 Chicago neighborhoods at sites planning related artistic programming. “A powerful and profound need exists within each of us to know that peace is possible in spite of the violence that surrounds us,” says Johnson. “Ten Thousand Ripples is a reminder of that need. It invokes the image of an emerging Buddha as a widely held symbol of peace, inviting people to think about how they can find peace in their own lives and in their communities.” Fifty sculptures have been placed throughout five communities this fall. In spring 2013, TTR will install the remaining sculptures in five different areas. The project concludes in July 2013 with an exhibition at the Loyola Museum of Art (LUMA). Johnson has received numerous awards for her work as artist and non-violence and peace educator, including the Illinois Governors Award for the Arts.