There are so many things that divide a community, but what brings people together? Artist Leesa Haapapuro explores this question with BRIDGES, a collaborative art installation she will construct at the Dayton Metro Library, May 1 - June 30. She invites the public to contribute their ideas and creativity to the project during her open workshop hours, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, in the Main Library’s Opportunity Space @ St. Clair, 215 E. Third Street, in downtown Dayton.
“Everyone is invited to watch the project grow, but I’m really hoping people of all ages will come inside and participate,” Haapapuro said.
Materials will be provided for participants to design their own rectangular cut-outs, which Haapapuro will string together, rope ladder-style. Participants may also pick up a project kit at their nearest Branch Library, then return their completed work to be incorporated into the installation.
“I envision swooping, airy, brightly colored filigree bridges intersecting the space, a visually poetic communication focused not on what divides our communities, but on what brings us together. Each individual rung will be unique, but also display unity,” said Haapapuro.
This collaborative project is made possible by a grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, with support from Culture Works
This collaborative project is made possible by a grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the Dayton Metro Library, with support from Culture Works. If the public health emergency advisory level is orange or higher, workshops will take place online.
For more information on the artist and her projects, visit Leesahaapapuro.com.