THe art of reconciliation

William Massey, The Art of Reconciliation, 22ft x 14ft x 3.5ft, Metal, found objects, paint. 2015.jpg

Throughout  the summer of 2015, I coordinated the "The Art of Reconciliation" collaboration among a community of 200+ people. Each week, participants would first help clean up the streets of Atlanta, gathering discarded objects. I then arranged and affixed the objects onto metal frames and welcomed the community to collectively paint abstract colors, imagery, and personal stories over all the abandoned junk - revitalizing the wreckage - one section per week, for twelve weeks (process-images below). The art sessions were open and inclusive, co-hosted by ReMerge in Atlanta's Central Park, consistently welcoming members from all facets of society; homeless adults, soccer moms, hipsters, children, veterans, prostitutes, LGBTQ, black, white... labels becoming truly insignificant as we gathered around purposeful, creative connection. 

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The final portrait is of a man named Tony, Tony was homeless in Atlanta, disregarded by his family and most of society for over half-a-decade until he encountered a community of people willing to pour into him, support him, and foster reconciliation ReMerge. Tony is now being built back up, employed, and living under the same roof as his family. This sculpture stands as a testament not only to the unity and generative culture which creativity can foster, but even more-so it is a monument to hope and redemption beyond each of our brokenness.

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The sculpture was initially installed on the Atlanta BeltLine's East-side trail under Freedom Pkwy from 2015-2016 and is currently awaiting reinstallation.