One year ago, the cities of Parkland and Coral Springs suffered immeasurable loss at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The two cities applied to the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge in partnership with the Coral Springs Museum of Art. The Art Challenge addresses critical civic issues through a call for public art. Selected to receive an award of $1 million from the foundation was their proposed project called “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art.”
There will be workshops as well as artist talks at the Coral Springs Museum of Art for schools and community members. In addition, five art installations are to be created by and for residents. Community advisory participants include members from:
The public safety sector
Cultural Affairs division
Marjory Stoneman Douglas students
Licensed art therapists
Internationally acclaimed artist, David Best, is in the process of creating the first piece of art – The Temple of Time. Construction began on January 30 on the site of the former Coral Springs City Hall (9551 W. Sample RD). David is constructing the 35-foot-tall temple with help from community members. The temple has no religious affiliation.
Community members are encouraged to come out and help build the Temple of Time as a form of healing. They will work with the Temple of Time crew – seasoned volunteers who have worked with David on past projects.
The Temple of Time will serve as a gathering place – not a memorial – until mid-May when it will then be burned in a ceremonial fire.
Construction continues through February 12 from 8 am until 6 pm. Upon completion, the Temple will be open daily from 7 am until dusk. Please visit www.poweroa.org for additional information about the Power of Art project.
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