Tree of Positive Actions
Tree of Positive Actions is a call and response sculpture in which audience participation is crucial to the expressive power of the piece. The trunk of the tree has a core of glass and wood, with parchment inside the glass, that addresses facets of systemic racism, such as the judicial system, health care, living wages, housing, education, voting rights, violence and trauma. The audience is called to respond by reflecting, then writing a specific positive action they will take to address these multi-layered concerns. All the notes of positive actions will be added to clothespins suspended from concentric circles to create the canopy of the tree. The paper is translucent, illuminated in the ambient light and will softly move in the air, a metaphor of living breath. With each positive action the audience participates in a commitment to address systemic racism. This piece was exhibited at McLean Project for the Arts Sept-Nov 2020.