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Kansas City, Mo.

Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 5:30-7:30p

Open to public during regular library hours through June 17, 2018

 

Central Library: Kansas City Public Library

14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Free & open to the Public

FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1993822964201207/

 

Here Where You Wish public art installation to open at Central Library

 

2017 was a hard year for all of us. No matter what side of the protest lines we stand on, we do so because we are uneasy, angry, afraid, and unwilling to compromise what we think is right. There is a need to create a safe and sacred space for all of us to feel hope in; to believe in the power and potential of prevailing good, of the individual, the collective, and of a wish.

 

Here Where You Wish is a public art collaboration by visual artists Ryan Wilks, Ari Fish, and Sean Prudden. The music component: a symphony crafted entirely from the audio recordings of wine glasses, was composed, performed and recorded by Tim J. Harte (akadungeonmaster).   

 

Entering through a labyrinth of sheer, flowing fabric, the public is led to hand-built, meticulously painted public altar; a safe and sacred space inviting personal expression and reflection. Visitors are encouraged to leave an object of personal significance and to write down a wish. Leave the wish and the object at the altar to become part of an immersive installation that encourages everyone to believe, if just for a second, that what we most desire can and will come true if we are bold enough to confide it.

 

The Here Where You Wish altar will be up through mid-June 2018 and will grow substantially in its aesthetic as people leave behind a wish on paper and/or an object. Regularly, Wilks will roll up the paper wishes and tie them to hundreds of feather sculptures rotating above the altar, stirring the energy of the wishes. Here Where You Wish intends to provide a space for internal dialogue, reflection and restoration of hope. Additionally, Wilks has plans to utilize and honor the objects people leave in the space by publishing a book, which will be a literary and visual documentation of what Kansas City is wishing for in 2018. 

 

**Objects left on the altar will not be returned. Please do not leave anything behind that you want back.

Special Thank you to Ada Koch, Andersen Ritsch, Marcia Eptstein, Katie Mcliney, Jillian Younbird, Mother Russia Industries, Jearmy Zimmerman.