"Here Comes The Sun" Art Installation Open Until May 16

May 3, 2021 by Rachel Olson

Here Comes The Sun is a collaborative mixed media and lighting installation conceived by Umbrella board members and artists Ellen McHale and Gail Burr. For this installation, community members are invited to contribute origami doves made of recyclable Tyvek and inscribed with messages of hope, wishes, and dedications to the heroes around us. These “dedication doves” are then hung on a rig over The Umbrella’s main entrance at 40 Stow Street, Concord, where you can see them during daytime Artfest celebrations, or at night when they are accompanied by special lighting designed by Wyatt Burns of A2D Productions.

With its community-wide collaborative nature, the installation will continue to grow and change over the course of Artfest as participants contribute more dedication doves, up to 2,000 or more, culminating in final celebration on Sunday, May 16. Community groups ranging from elementary school classes to public safety personnel and scores of other volunteers have helped fold the doves this spring. Guests registered from The umbrella’s free Open Studios outdoors can make their own dedication doves on site, or you can make some to display in your own home using instructions available in the Kidstrack activities section of The Umbrella’s new Artfest app.

Here Comes The Sun is inspired by public art installations that McHale and Burr have experienced, including Michael Pendry’s “Les Columbes”, a traveling art installation that includes sculpture, light, and music.

Sponsors of Artfest have also been invited to nominate community heroes they would like to see honored with a dedication dove in the installation. The Umbrella invites the community to visit and view the installation outside of timed events as it evolves through the festival and share their impressions the social media campaign, #HereComestheSun #Artfest #DiscoverYourArts.

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