GROW LOVE Interactive Installation at the Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville June 16-18
GROW LOVE is an interactive, site specific, public art installation by Tracy Ginsberg and Theodore Lillie. An homage to the iconic, native Tennessee flower and Parthenon building, the installation is an immersive, three-dimensional Magnolia flower labyrinth spanning the width of the mall. The large-scale temporary work invites people to explore the art, walk through the labyrinth and experience Centennial Park in an innovative and unique exchange.
Participants enter the labyrinth and meander through its scalloped petal paths, with fabric walls ranging 2-5 feet high allowing walkers to see one another, the installation and the site simultaneously. The fabric paths are symbolic of the draped Athena figures in the Parthenon archeological site. When arriving in the labyrinth’s communal center, participants have the option to add to the art by hanging a GROW LOVE tag with a personal handwritten message. A table near the installation will supply tags, pens, information and guidelines for walking the labyrinth.
At dusk and through the evening, video projections emerge on the installation and walkers, enhancing site-specific aspects of the art and park with light, color, movement and shadow. Projections include video of magnolia flowers blooming, Greek archeological sites and labyrinths. Video projections envelop the labyrinth structure and are viewable from within the park and surrounding areas.
GROW LOVE is a Forest Alchemy Production by Tracy Ginsberg and Theodore Lillie of the San Francisco Bay Area. Their interdisciplinary approach combines installation, sculpture, video/photography, painting/drawing, sound and performance to explore transformation, sacred space, nature and the feminine divine. GROW LOVE is sponsored in part by Metro Arts Thrive Grant and is also a launch project for Artville, a Nashville based temporary art program spearheaded by Samantha Saturn of the American Artisan Festival. Intended to inspire community participation with art and public sites, Artville aims to expand notions of art and civic interaction and to reimagine how temporary art enlivens and positively impact residents of the city.