This month residents in Chicago’s Hispanic communities will notice Buddha sculptures emerging in various locations throughout the neighborhood. These sculptures are part of Ten Thousand Ripples, a large public art exhibit, promoting peace by artist Indira Johnson.
The public art will be on exhibit in Pilsen, Little Village and Back of the Yards. On the lower southwest side, Pilsen has been the traditional port of entry for Mexican immigrants for nearly 50 years. Further southwest is Little Village or “La Villita,” the city’s largest Mexican-American neighborhoods. according to CMW.
At the center of the exhibit are 100 fiberglass and resin Buddha sculptures designed by lead artist Indira Johnson that are being installed in 10 Chicago neighborhoods. Johnson’s peaceful Buddha “emerging” out of the ground materializes in urban neighborhoods to create conversations on peace, art and social issues.
Each of these neighborhoods will receive 10 Buddha sculptures
ElevArte Community Studio will be providing free arts programming around this public art exhibit to create dialogue on peace with the community.