Now, in the age of pandemics it is more evident than ever how we are dramatically interconnected, interdependent and just one part of the vast ecology of the earth, the web of life. The web of life as an illustration of the totality of the relationships of the earth’s systems explains for us how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; more powerful, more vital – complete. As a beautiful cut glass vase is much more than particles of sand, soda and lime, we, humanity are much more than one person, one community, one nation.
The challenging moment that we are all living through illustrates absolutely how interconnected we are — how much we need each other physically, materially and spiritually. It is not just our human to human connection that we need and miss right now — it is also our connection to nature and wildlife and weather.
The origins of the word ecology come from the Greek word for home or household. The pandemic has temporarily altered the ecology of the earth, our home, in many good ways. It has given it a needed rest from a significant amount of human activity. Yet for people, for us, it has altered our ability to live completely fulfilled and content in our home because we need the connection of touch and fellowship and meaningful interaction. The disease has shown us how profoundly interconnected we are by altering the connections and preventing us from truly going home.
Everyone in the world is cordially invited to celebrate World Cyanotype Day at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas on Saturday, September 26 by creating cyanotype flags of their interpretation of “Interconnected” on white cloth, each 12×12 inches (30×30) cm. Strung together, the flags symbolize how interconnected we all are on the planet we inhabit. If you would like to participate in the A Smith Gallery flag installation, please send your flags to the gallery. We also invite you to celebrate with your friends wherever you find yourself on September 26, World Cyanotype Day.
If you would like for A Smith Gallery to hang your flags in celebration of World Cyanotype Day, please mail or ship them for delivery by September 18, to:
A Smith Gallery
103 N Nugent #175
P O Box 175
Johnson City, TX 78636
If you would like for us to return your flags, please include return address and postage.
The installation will hang in the gallery until November 8. The flags will then be taken to New Orleans to the Healing Arts Center for an exhibition beginning in December for PhotoNOLA until the end of Mardi Gras.
There is no entry fee. We just want to fill the gallery with cyanotype flags!
For more information or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
(image by Amy Jasek)