As one of our favorite venues in south florida, the BASS Museum of Art has played host to some amazing art and event installations within it’s walls. We’ve been very fortunate within that time to have been repeatedly invited to capture and portray those beautiful installations with some of our favorite works. Among those are “Unnatural” and of course our favorite Friday night event on the beach “Beats After Sunset“!.
When the museum approached us again recently with the idea of a very special event taking place at the BASS, we were more than eager to lend our vision and work to help bring that day to life… and so the “Monumental Paper Chain” was born.
The museum, besides being a great source of cultural infusion through it’s dynamic art installations, it also takes much pride in its level of involvement with the local community; especially as that relates to the families and youth with whom the museum interacts with often during the calendar year.
One such specialty event was IDEA Day @ the BASS, where family and youth could come to the museum and take part in art projects, enjoy live storytelling, interactive video displays as well as behold a wonderful youth effort organized by the BASS museum with the Monumental Paper Chain. The Bass Museum of art conducted art projects through the community from April through July using recycled paper. Participants were asked to write personal messages of peace and inspiration and then the papers were linked together to construct “Monumental Paper Chain.”
The final project was unveiled on July 27 at the Bass’ IDEA@thebass Family Day, a free afternoon of ACTIVITY and art exploration. “This project was designed as a platform to inspire various communities to make a real connection with each other, while at the same time breathing new life into recycled materials, and creating art that connects each of us,” said Executive Director Silvia Karman Cubina.
The unveiling of the project pairs perfectly with the beautiful installation of African Artist El Anatsui, who masterfully weaves together intricate art pieces using detritus and recycled materials and puts them on display in massive scale.
Such a pleasure getting to work with the BASS Museum on such a locally connected project. Special thank you to the Knight Foundation for empowering the Museum to create this document covering this great event and bringing the community closer through art.