LIBERTAD! A Thousand Dyed Flowers to Protest Mothers Detained by ICE

Visual Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz created “Seguimos Caminando” (We Keep Walking), a moving monument that brings to the forefront stories written by detained undocumented mothers. The temporary installation includes animation projections and hand-dyed paper flowers.

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El mismo tiene como objetivo llevar un mensaje directo al gobernador Tom Wolf y otras entidades migratorias para que cierre el centro de detención de familias en Berks County.
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Visual Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz created “Seguimos Caminando” (We Keep Walking), a moving monument that brings to the forefront stories written by detained undocumented mothers. The temporary installation includes animation projections and hand-dyed paper flowers.
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Joseph Kaczmarek for NBC10
The installation was assembled Wednesday at the north gates of Philadelphia City Hall. They spell out the word “Libertad” (Liberty) with paper flowers dyed in bold pinks and reds. The entire word is 10 feet tall by 40 feet wide.
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Joseph Kaczmarek
As part of her moving monument, Ortiz led several free paper flower workshops open to the public at the Monument Lab Research Field Office at the Barnes Foundation.
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Over a thousand paper flowers were created by more than 100 participants that include students, educators, and families in Philadelphia. In addition to the volunteer's flowers, mothers detained at the BCRC personalized some with their messages of freedom. Their hope is to have the residential center shut down.
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Ortiz worked closely with the Shut Down Berks Coalition to create this monument as part of Monument Lab , a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia and a curatorial team led by Paul M. Farber and Ken Lum.
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Joseph Kaczmarek
The monument can be seen every Wednesday and Friday evenings (8-10 p.m.) at the north gates of City Hall through Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.
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