Monuments: Creative Forces
Friday, October 30, 2020
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Pay-What-You-Can, Free Tickets Available Sun–Thu (Please select only one time slot per date)
Monuments: Creative Forces
Strathmore welcomes you back with care to our 16-acre campus to experience Monuments: Creative Forces, a campus-wide outdoor art installation by Australian artist Craig Walsh. The exhibition features moving, dimensional video portraits of artists whose work and artistic endeavors are changing the shape of our community in profound ways. Expansive video portraits of these creative heroes, chosen by a diverse panel of community and arts leaders, are projected on to towering trees, transforming them into animated sculptural monuments.
Monuments redefines traditional expectations of public monuments and the selective history represented in our civic spaces. At a time when our nation questions the efficacy of effigy, we’re creating a space for the community to further explore the conversation around monuments and their meaning. The exhibition challenges the traditional concept of monuments to celebrate living, contributing, members of our community.
Monuments is particularly resonant today as Strathmore’s campus becomes a space for safe connection between community and the art that shapes it. “We’re thrilled to be able to honor and celebrate the way these artists are impacting the community,” shares our Artistic Director Joi Brown, “the exhibition allows Strathmore to leverage our entire campus to create a comfortable and socially distant environment for the community to engage with and enjoy the arts during the ongoing pandemic.”
A representational and diverse panel of community and arts leaders focused on work in our region convened to review and select these monumental people to recognize. The panel evaluated the artists, rating them on criteria including how the artist speaks truth to power through their creative work, do they create unity in places of division, and is there something about the artists’ presence or activity in the community that feels “seismic” or “earth-shaking.”
About Craig Walsh
Monuments is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Craig Walsh. Known for his pioneering works, including innovative approaches to projection mapping in unconventional sites, Walsh’s site-responsive works have animated natural environments and features such as trees, rivers, and mountains, as well as public art projects in urban and architectural spaces. Walsh’s work is distinctive for its conceptual underpinnings and deftly woven narrative.
All visitors, regardless of ticket time and pay-what-you-can entry option, will experience the entire exhibition. After passing through our contactless scanning station, visitors will move through Strathmore's campus to view each of 6 dimensional monuments, projected in trees around the perimeter. Directional signs and volunteers will be available to guide visitors along the way, but each group can move at their own comfortable pace and explore various views of each monument. Read more for tips for an ideal visit below.
Panel Discussion: Reimagining Monuments
Join us on Zoom October 19 for a special panel discussion with artists featured in the exhibition. Learn more and register
Support for Monuments provided by
Special thanks to REI
Plan Your Visit
Timed-entry, pay-what-you-can tickets available. Prime time slots will fill up fast! Free tickets are available Sunday–Thursday, please pay what you can to support this activity and the arts in your community. Day-of sales will be available at our ticket window when tickets remain. Please protect our team by using a credit card for your purchase if possible.
Starts daily at sunset. Allow between 30 minutes and 1 hour to enjoy the exhibition. Note that the time you select is your entry time. Please only select one time slot per date.
Parking in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage is $5.20 during the week, and free on weekends. Strathmore is also accessible via Metro’s Red Line, Grosvenor-Strathmore station.
Face Coverings are required for all ages 6 and up and recommended for children ages 2–5.
This event is subject to weather. In the event of weather that affects our ability to open the campus, you will be contacted by email by 4pm on the date of your visit.
To learn about the steps we’re taking to protect our patrons, staff, and volunteers and how you can help, visit www.strathmore.org/welcomeback.
We rely on charitable gifts from individuals to sustain and expand our visual and performing arts experiences and arts education programs. Your gift will foster incredible social impact by allowing Strathmore to remain a strong and vibrant resource in your community.