Art is a form of expression in so many ways such as a personalised word art. There is a unique new art project by the public located in the chaotic capital city of California. The project is found outside an abandoned bank property.
The project is a video projection that was installed outside of the building. It is referred to as “beacon” and it confronts different issues in the society including the struggle of being black while living in America. This is a hot issue after Philando Castile and the senseless shooting that happened to him which was caused by a police officer. Other issues are also tackled such as consent and migration. The project began showing on May 22 and will be up and running until July 22. In total, it will feature about 50 artists – both local and international.
According to the owner of the company that installed the project, Tre Borden, the main goal of the project is to show a context that will stir the people’s empathy. It is also a medium for people and organizations to show what they want since there are no other effective method.
The featured artist for the previous week was Marcellus Armstrong. He introduced the artwork called “Break’ing”. It emphasizes on survival and resilience of a black individual when subjected to a violent situation.
He said that he was broken upon hearing the news of the verdict imposed on Philando Castile. He admitted that he felt broken not just every week but it has been happening almost every day. By being broken often, how does one survive through it? The work Break’ing shows how there is strength as one is being broken and this moments are recorded through the project.
Aside from recorded moments, there are also images coming from black beauty magazine, poetry of the spoken word and a photo essay. For a person who is influenced by art, it is best to channel emotions through these pieces. There are many forms of art in which one can pull strength from such as a personalised word art that contains a favorite quote.