Created for the Museum of Sonoma County in 2019, the Activist Heart is a 9 ft winged heart honoring global activists who fight for human and earth rights. The piece invites audiences into relationship with social justice issues and opens a space to imagine a better world. This Activist Heart stood as the centerpiece of the At the Heart of it All: Righting the World exhibit which was part of the 2019 Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Museum of Sonoma County.
On the front face of the heart is an alcove altar with a child’s hands holding a revolving globe, surrounded by twinkling stars. Surrounding this front altar, 500 names of global activists murdered between Jan 2018-Sept 2019, are calligraphed. Seven of these activists are featured in individual light boxes on the back of the heart. The back also has a vintage mail slot labelled “Wishes” through which participants can ‘post’ a wish for the world into the heart.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth are etched in their entirely on the front and back of the wings, as a powerful testament to what principles these activists gave their lives, inspiring us to fight for justice for all.
Would you like to bring the Activist Heart to your event or demonstration? This piece is available for rent and can be customized. Life on Earth Art can tailor this artwork to your particular social justice issue and design custom-made lightbox collages of the champions of your cause. The Activist Heart is presented on a white museum plinth, 72 in w x 28 d x28 h. It needs a power source and can easily be plugged in or can be powered by batteries enclosed in the plinth.
In Oct 2020, Life on Earth Art was invited to participate in a rally and march for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and voting rights by the Women’s March Sacramento and tailored the heart to feature voting rights warriors of color: Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Mary Louise Bottineau Baldwin, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Fanny Lou Hamer, Stacey Abrams, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
For exhibition, Life on Earth Art provides a table, materials, and signage to “Make a Wish” and can arrange to provide large white wooden wings for fun photo opportunities for the public.