On Thursday afternoon, we attended the opening reception for the Peace Caterpillar, formally named “The Progressive Mural in the Community.” Over the summer and fall, an organization called ArtOrg traveled to five locations within Hennepin County and taught how to create printing blocks. Part of the fun for the kids was the manner in which they pressed the print. They used a steamroller!
Each participant left with a print made with his or her printing block, while ArtOrg kept the blocks to create the mural. My daughter and son each made a printing block, and their designs are now represented in the community mural. It was a fun experience for them to join with about 300 people around our area to create one huge work of art! It really is huge – it is displayed in a glass case along an entire corridor and continues around the corner. It’s not possible to capture it one photograph, so I am sharing several, as seen above.
Better yet, if you live near Minneapolis, you can see it in person. The mural is on display for the months of December, 2010 and January, 2011 at the Hennepin County Government Center.
More information can be found at: http://artorg.info/?page_id=3752
After the Peace Caterpillar reception, we stuck around for the Hollidazzle Parade. It was a nice night for it – not too cold, and no blizzard, as we are expecting tonight. All in all, it was a nice afternoon and evening downtown.