there used to be something in town called “the Clothesline Project”. admittedly, i havne’t looked into it to see if this is a nationwide thing, or just something here in Lansing. every year during the East Lansing Art Fair (held over by Michigan State University) the Clothesline Project would go up. people would write whatever they wanted on tee shirts, or paint a picture, and then these shirts would be hung up for viewing. most of the ones i saw were for empowerment or healing; people trying to deal with cancer or AIDS; someone recovering from alcohol or drugs; a victim of domestic violence or rape. these shirts saying “I Am Powerful” or “I Can” or “Love Makes the Difference” – whatever the message, these tee shirts strung up on a clothesline had a powerful impact on me every time i saw them.
this art installation -though perhaps not empowering in the same way – is a beautiful piece of work, and at the point i have taken the pictures, it has withstood the weather beautifully.