This image of artist, Yoko Ono, me and Suzanne Kopp-Moskow shows us at one of the events which celebrated Project 120 Chicago, on Monday of this week. This event took place in Chicago at the Hancock Building's Signature Room Restaurant during a luncheon. Suzanne Kopp-Moskow is a valuable partner of Project 120 Chicago.
As part of the celebration, I was honored to read a poem which I had wrote. The poem explained the design elements of an artwork (I am holding) which I created specifically as a one-of-a-kind thank you gift for Yoko Ono to honor her new sculpture, titled, Sky Landing. Suzanne Kopp-Moskow invited me to create the artwork and poem for Yoko.
Sky Landing is a permanent art sculpture installation which depicts a lotus flower (see additional photos). Yoko Ono designed this piece for the city of Chicago.
The home of Sky Landing is located in the Garden of the Phoenix Woodland Island Park (behind the Museum of Science and Industry). The park was originally created for the 1893 Chicago's World Columbian Exposition. Sadly, in 1946 an arson fire destroyed a Japanese pavilion in the park where Sky Landing is now installed.
As a child, Yoko was deeply saddened when the arson fire took place. Sky Landing represents efforts to mend this tragedy and repair other broken relationships between the people and cultures of Chicago.
Sky Landing shows us that we can work to heal the cultural mistakes we have made in the past, and together, inspire us to move forward to create peace and harmony in our world.
Yoko Ono is a very talented, thoughtful artist, musician and poet, who has worked throughout her entire career to create and promote world peace. I was honored to be a part of Project 120 Chicago.