Renowned social-change artists and Iranian brothers Icy and Sot created the art now hanging on the outside walls of the cathedral. The above image measures 8′ x 4′. The image shown being installed to the right measures 20′ x 24′.
Since 2006, Icy and Sot have contributed to Iranian and international urban art culture through striking stencil work depicting human rights, ecological justice, and social and political issues. Their work appears on walls and in galleries throughout Iran, Germany, China, Norway, and the United States. They transcend their histories of artistic and political censorship by using public art to envision a world freed from borders, war, and gun violence. Originally from Tabriz, Iran, the brothers now reside in Brooklyn, New York.
In a commitment to gun violence prevention in our city, Christ Church Cathedral has dedicated time and resources to gun buy back programs and victims funeral services locally. The congregation prays the names of those lost to gun violence on a weekly basis and reaches out to partner with organizations that look to put an end to countless deaths as a result of guns.
On June 30, working in conjunction with the local non-profit Artworks, the cathedral unveiled a mural designed to capture the attention of the city and its citizens. It is intended to promote conversations on how we as a society can move forward peacefully in creating a safer world in which to live.
“The mission of public art is always to stimulate a conversation and encourage the individual to struggle with the meaning of the image,” says Dean Gail Greenwell. “The juxtaposition of an image that looks like a gun but is actually a pencil is the artist inviting us to imagine what might be different if weapons were transformed into something quite different.”
A dedication for this art installation is planned for mid-July.
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