Over the last twelve years, AMP has selected groups of people representing areas of strong diversity to create one of more than 50 eight-foot-long paper-pulp “links”—abstract forms resembling links on a chain. People in different areas of the country were invited during community events to paint, draw, and write messages on the links the celebrated their nationality, heritage, and aspirations. The links will become an element over 400-feet long that will be hung overhead in the future AMP’s visitors center. To date, links have been created in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New York, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.
The inspiration for the project came from environmentalist and AMP advisor Paul Hawken’s book, Blessed Unrest, in which he states that until we learn to recognize and celebrate our differences, we will never solve global unrest.
Keiding Inc., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, donated the links, which involved creating a special mold according to Ellen’s design—the largest-ever mold for a recycled paper-pulp object.