Signs Of Solidarity

A Public Art Project in Protest of Hate and Divisiveness

Alloyius McIlwaine at La Colombe

Alloyius McIlwaine at La Colombe (Across from Dilworth Park)

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Artist Statement: “The message I was trying to get across with this piece is that America is strong as a country because of its diversity and cultural diffusion, and not in spite of it. This country has a dark past, and to this point, we’ve struggled to move forward. We still have systems of oppression in place, and the fact of the matter is, some of these old wounds will take a long time to heal. But we as a nation have to come together and find commonality. We have to learn from each other, and use our diverse experiences and cultures to build a better society. We are stronger united than we are divided. We have to become agents of change…and create a paradigm shift. In order to truly ‘Make America Great Again’, we have to create a society where all men and women are treated as equals…regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, class or religion. If we can do that, we truly will be a beacon of light for the rest of the world. To quote Aristotle, ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.'”

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