Created on a repurposed trampoline as a paint by numbers project by the community in 2021, Project Freedom is a colorful and meaningful piece to attract, educate, comfort and inspire the community at large.
Created on a repurposed trampoline and positioned in the heart of Delaware at the Boardman Arts Park, Project Freedom is a colorful and meaningful piece to attract, educate, comfort and inspire the community at large. From afar, onlookers will see a mosaic butterfly created with a multitude of bright and neutral colors. Close up it will become evident that tucked within the iconic image of metamorphosis, positivity, and change are two fists breaking free from the chains which bind them.
This vision for Project Freedom was created by Miranda Lytle. She was motivated through her work with anti-trafficking efforts, where she has come to understand that human trafficking, sex trafficking and subjugation affects people of all ages, races, genders, ethnicities, and affluence. Enslavement isn't just a crime of the past, it continues today; in different forms and in many communities - even our own. No one should be subject to enslavement, servitude, or subjugation and only by breaking these chains does freedom truly exist.
Brooke Ripley was commissioned to bring the vision to life. She is a recent graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design whose public work centers on the intersection of social change and art. Her gallery work encompasses theories of consciousness and the impact of memory on perception. She is an advocate for sustainability and a current MFA candidate at Ohio University.
This piece sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council was painted and erected by volunteers from within the community, again symbolizing that freedom takes the actions of many and further unites the community to stand together to end enslavement of any kind for all.