Saluting our Hometown Heroes
September 23 – October 11, 2015 • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Hometown Hero is touchable art. The work invites involvement. By adding a name, date, or tiny doodles to the red and white field of stripes, visitors have an opportunity to commemorate the life of a their hero.
Not every hero wears a uniform or a red cape. Sometimes their small acts of kindness go unnoticed. But when this person steps out of the phone booth, though he or she may blend into the crowd, this individual possesses a quiet confidence to meet daily challenges as:
- a military member
- a parent
- a medical professional
- a neighbor
- a firefighter
- a bus driver
- a factory worker
- a business person
- a sports figure
- a teacher
- a volunteer
- a child
This interactive exploration invites individuals to honor their heroes. As visitors connect with the work physically, intellectually, and emotionally, the art acts as a conduit towards healing. Let’s salute our hometown heroes—ordinary people who display extraordinary commitment, love, and selflessness.
Thousands of Heroes Honored During ArtPrize Seven
The sound of lots of young voices: “My hero is…”
A man wrote the name of the woman that hid his mother during the Holocaust.
Hometown Hero visitor: “This is what life is about. Honoring our heroes.”
A military man crawled up to the painting on his belly to write the name of his fallen comrade.
Army Spc. Eric Burri’s relative: “I wasn’t going to come to the Hometown Hero installation. But I couldn’t stay away. I haven’t cried since Eric’s death.” Lots of healing tears this morning.
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