We in San Francisco haven’t had a major sports star since Barry Bonds, and he was too polarizing for the nation to admire. We had Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, but those days are long gone. But now we have The Freak, Tim Lincecum, and we finally have a sports star…
I was reminded of my high school studio art teacher the other day.
Here’s a quick synopsis of the project for the impatient. (link)
The Golden Thread, 2006 Kirsten Bahrs Janssen
"Through touch and physical interaction, the viewers physically link their arms around the world, connected by a single golden thread."
"The interactive work ‘The Golden Thread,’ by San Francisco artist Kirsten Bahrs Janssen, invites visitors to pull on a piece of golden thread from 15 spools that ‘spiritually links’ each person who participates in the work.
The opportunity to contribute to “The Missing Peace” resonated with her as an artist whose works explore the idea of her own existence.
'People need an icon for kindness, and I look to the Dalai Lama as that spirit. I think art can interact in a compassionate way and have some interconnectedness,' Bahrs Janssen said. 'I'm not Buddhist and I'm not very versed in his works, but I know of his integrity. The work I created had to envelope his spirit and compassion.'”