A Celebration of All Things Cultural, Artistic, and Entertaining in Madison
Sep 13, 2011
Driving onto to the Edgewood College campus on Monday, I didn’t notice them at first. I was admiring the dazzling blue sky and watching a crowd of students walk to class. But then something dangling from a tree caught my eye—there they were!
After I noticed one painted wood frame swaying in the wind, I realized there were dozens suspended from tree branches all along the road and throughout the campus beyond.
The frames are a new installation by Geswerk, a Madison-based art collective that brings together artists, businesses, nonprofits and the broader community. Brent Gerlach and others from the organization spent the weekend hanging the frames, which will remain on display this week as an exhibition called Windows of Worlds.
Geswerk leaders reached out to high school students for help in constructing the frames from recycled wood. Then the high schoolers, college students and others painted and decorated the “windows” in personalized styles.
Throughout the week, visitors are encouraged to explore the installation and pause to take photographs of people striking a pose within the windows or the views through them.
It’s all about taking the time to appreciate art in our city and considering our surroundings from different perspectives. As Geswerk organizers state on their website, “there are many ‘windows’ in which to view the world. We only need to take the time to look."
The installation ends with a Windows of Worlds festival on September 17. The free event mixes live music—headlined by Natty Nation—with art, food, break dancing, face painting and more. Check online for a full schedule of events.
After the festival, Geswerk will sell the frames, with proceeds benefiting Porchlight.
Like all of the organization’s events, the goal is to draw people together and celebrate creativity. Says Gerlach, “We want to use the arts and show people this is happening where you live.”
For more information on Geswerk, visit geswerk.org.
Photos by me.