When life bites, art heals.
Tucson has an abundance of healing to do in the wake of the tragic shootings. So it only follows suit we’re getting an abundance of art.
A colorful, captivating collage of balloons and mementos already consumes a corner at the intersection of East Pima Street and North Swan Road, gracing the space in front of U.S. Congresswoman’s Gabrielle Giffords’ office.
Shrines, offerings, murals, music and other public displays are the visible results of a community’s automatic outpouring of love in response to a tragedy. Tucson responded.
More healing art comes our way Saturday with A Piece of Peace for Tucson, a double-location event put together by Bohemia and Borealis Arts “to honor the victims and celebrate the survivors of the terrible events of Jan. 8, 2011,” the announcement said. The event runs from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bohemia, 2920 E. Broadway, and Borealis Arts, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Rd., suite 160.
Bohemia is planning a public shrine to accept your offerings while Borealis plans an interactive canvas where you can share your thoughts. Both galleries will have message books for the victims’ families and message boxes for Giffords.
More than 40 artists have already donated works for Bohemia’s silent auction that night, with proceeds going to the Tucson Tragedy Victims Fund, The Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Fund and the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund.
Artists who wished to participate were asked to come up with a work that to them symbolized peace. I am offering Hercule, the peace beetle. He’s one of my few pieces that does not have jagged teeth or edges sharp enough to sever an eyeball.
Tucson has already bled enough.