Ten Thousand Ripples – Art, Civic Engagement and Change in Chicago

White buddha sculpture in the dunes and sand prairie of Loyola Park in Rogers Park
One of the 100 sculptures that will populate Chicago streets in Ten Thousand Ripples. Picture by Steven Gillam.

Can a public art project spark dialogue around peace and non-violence? If you live in Chicago, don’t be surprised if you find one of the 100 white buddha head sculptures placed strategically throughout ten neighborhoods peeking out at you. Ten Thousand Ripples is a collaborative project that uses art as a catalyst to foster dialogue around peace and non-violence and create solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.

A partnership between artist Indira Johnson, and non-profit organization Changing Worlds, Ten Thousand Ripples is currently being installed in Albany Park, Pilsen, Rogers Park, South Chicago and Uptown this Fall. Installations in the North Lawndale, Little Village, Auburn Gresham, Back of the Yards and Evanston neighborhoods will take place Spring 2013.

I’m proud and happy to have contributed to the success of the Ten Thousand Ripples Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Below is the video I made for the campaign:

Even though the kickstarter campaign is complete, you may still make a contribution to support Ten Thousand Ripples at http://changingworlds.org/donate-to-ttr-184.html

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