Explore concepts that the LWD design team is using to inspire the Commongrounds Community Building Art Project.

All participants experience a similar process: share the same prompts, in the same space, use the same materials, within the same community. Yet everyone has a different experience, a different perception. LWD will “harvest” all of these perceptions which will guide the project process toward the final installation.

Take a breath, clear your mind.
Get curious.

Explore and engage with a selection of the concepts that our design teams are using to inspire the project.

Some of the concepts are clickable,
others —just think about for a moment.

photo credit: Harpe Star

Illustrations by Mervyn Jones.
In this prompt, we’re playing with Ironic Process Theory to keep the idea of birds in our heads in every step as we design this project.

“Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainly which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once.” –Mary Oliver, Upstream

How do you feel about solitude? Some of our artists listened to this On Being Podcast while working on the project.

explore the Fibonacci by
Doodling in Math Class

Explore Nadia Daniels-Moehle’s exploration of the Fibonacci, she is a member of the design team.
Ceramic art by Janelle Songer

Voronoi Tessellations appear everywhere from dragonfly wings, to giraffe fur, to epithelial cells in our body, to honeycomb.

“Through color I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness in my painting, rather than on man’s inhumanity to man.” —Alma Woodsey Thomas

image credit: Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing
Rock and Roll Music
by Alma Woodsey Thomas

“to offer [people] a different way of being, we must first replace the dominator model with the partnership model that sees interbeing and interdependency as the organic relationship of all living beings.” — bell hooks, The Will to Change

image credit: Brian Nosek, Slide from The Future of Open Science: The Need for Culture Change Brian Nosek April 26 2021 

Take a moment to think about “structures of support”, both literally and figuratively. How is wellness dependent on support? What does that support look and feel like? How are we all connected?

The installation will be make use of reused material, perhaps even leftover material from Commongrounds itself.

Part of making art
is letting go

What is it about marbles that seems to us back to the wonder and curiosity that is so much a part of childhood. Can you remember making art and exploring the world as you did when you were little?

explore: “Starling murmurations are dazzling, ubiquitous, and puzzling” from National Geographic

Definition of murmuration: a large group of birds, usually starlings, that all fly together and change direction together.

Quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” On August 16, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Read the full speech.
Listen to the full speech.

“My hope is that each person becomes aware of their own sensory experience in that moment of discovery, and that may lead to the creation of your own meaning or narrative. When I look at the sculpture, I see a physical proof of humankind’s ability to work together in shaping our physical world – and to ‘bend the moral arc of the universe.’ It’s a reminder of our interconnectedness on every scale.”

Janet Eschleman, about her work “Bending Arc” an homage to the Civil Rights Movement. Photo Credit.


Image Credit: UM LSA

The creation of collaborative art has the potential to recognize the multitude of perspectives our communities thrive within.

And Nigerian Author Chimananda Ngozi Adichie recognizes The Danger of a Single Story in her TED Talk
–click and watch to learn more.