Del Ray’s Unity Project
Nancy Belmont is known around Del Ray for her big ideas… last year, the chalkboard Courage Wall attracted national attention. Now, she is back with another interactive public art project, Unity, aimed at celebrating our uniqueness yet connectivity to each other.
According to the Unity website, “The project consists of 32 posts, each with identifiers such as, ‘I’m a parent; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ,’ etc. Participants tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities. Ultimately their yarn will intertwine with others’ to create a web of interconnectedness. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something, and it’s our diversity that builds a strong and vibrant community.”
Nancy kicked off the event at Del Ray’s First Thursday celebration, starting with a yoga session. We had the opportunity to do yoga inside the 32 posts before the canopy was created.
There was a small map of the posts provided so you could organize your answers on paper before you wove through the canopy with the yarn that was provided.
There were volunteers there to help children reach the top of the canopy and tie off each identifier. People truly worked together.
This is what the canopy looked like after a few hours.
What a lovely piece of art to take a stroll under with a friend.
“What’s so exciting about this project is that the public creates art by sharing who they are,” said creator Nancy Belmont. “It’s an incredible demonstration of what happens when we celebrate our differences by building something together. I was blown away by how many people came out to create this piece of art on the first night and I’m so curious to see what it looks like after 7 more days of activity.”
If you missed First Thursday, there is still time to be a part of Unity. The project will be open, weather permitting, until June 12 — check out the project website for exact dates and times.
Nancy’s vision is for communities around the country and even the world to create their own versions of the project, spreading unity around the world.