Wednesday, May 13, 2015

212 Handcrafted, Pink Bunny Slippers Installed on Agora Statues in Honor of Mother's Day

Love them or hate them, the Agora statues at the southwest corner of Grant Park (Roosevelt and State) are pretty impactful.  And that's why it's surprising to see the picture above.  A reader wrote us with more of the background on a pretty cool "MomBomb" act that happened this past weekend in honor of Mother's Day:
On Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 6:00 am, Team Agora installed 212 handcrafted, pink bunny slippers on the feet of the Agora statues in Grant Park (at Roosevelt and Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL.)  
This “Leave No Trace” MomBomb - YarnBomb event was created by a team of 35 knitters, from 15 states, using more than 250 pounds of yarn, and working more than 2,000 hours over the course of the past 5 months. The slippers will offer Agora a much needed rest.  
“This action is intended as a gesture of respect and appreciation for this marvelous sculpture by Magdalena Abakanowicz, and what it represents. We hope the slippers will offer Agora well-deserved rest." Team Agora  
May 9, 2015 - May 17, 2015  
Goodnight Agora,  
We’ve come to offer you rest. A deep, beautiful rest, so that you can rise again and continue your work. You came here to teach us. To make us remember what it is to feel small, without power, overwhelmed by the weight of oppression. You teach us to meet oppression by looking up and standing tall against it. You insist we amplify the voices of those not seen or heard. You remind us to remember our humanity and to love each other. We are humbled and strengthened by your presence.

Happy Mother’s Day, Agora. We know who you are and we thank you.  Happy Mother’s Day to ALL who mother. 
Team Agora

Nicely done ladies.  Nicely done!

(Hat tip:  MLW!)

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