In this life, everyone breaks. As individuals, we are shattered by disappointments. We are knocked to our knees by the share force of life – that balance of negative and positive that ensures that one day, each of us will face the unthinkable.
As a people, we have been scattered. A rich and eclectic Diaspora has been born of our perpetual, migratory state. Much of the journey has been marked by pain and loss.
Yet, as individuals, we persevere. As communities, we overcome. As a people, we continue our march onward through time – ever stronger, ever more certain and ever more beautiful.
Visual artist, Tanda Francis, is creating a monument to the heightened beauty that results from survival. Her premise is that the imperfections – the marks of mending, the evidence of something broken that is put together again – make us more resilient, more dynamic and yes, more beautiful than we were before.
She has chosen to express this concept through Everyone Breaks, a 10 ft tall, concrete-and-steel structure that will be unveiled to the public on June 15, 2016 at Riverside Park South (W 69th St, by the Hudson River). Inspired by the Ife sculptures of Benin, this imposing piece will loan its presence, both material and intangible, to its surroundings. The intentional cracks will be ‘healed’ by gold, in the manner of the Japanese technique, kintsugi.
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 Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) or kintsukuroi (“golden repair”) is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks of ceramic ware, giving a unique appearance to the piece. This repair method celebrates the artifact’s unique history by emphasizing the fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing the artifact with new life. The art of kintsugi dates back to the late 15th century, making it more than 500 years old. It is related to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which calls for finding beauty in the flawed or imperfect. The repair method was also born from the Japanese feeling of mottainai, which expresses regret when something is wasted. http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/kintsugi-kintsukuroi