Saturday 27 June 2015 at 05:44The Visual Story of Faith
by Sean A. Watkins, Social Media Manager, OurVoices
Art is one of the most powerful forms of communicating. Whether it’s to tell an abstract story of hope, love, or loss, or if it’s to memorialise a leader who has passed, art is one of the few ways we can speak to each other without the use of actual language. It for this reason why it is amazing to have an amazing team of Italian and American artists work together to create the visual story to the “Una Terra, Una Famiglia” (One Earth, One Human Family) climate march.
It all started with just one idea.
I am fortunate to be working with a wide range of professionals from various faith traditions who all believe in the same thing: our planet needs to be protected. We knew we wanted to celebrate Pope Francis’ monumental encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praised Be) in Rome, and we knew we needed the support from people all over the world to inspire more people of faith around the world to act on climate.
But as we prepare for our march on Sunday, I have an immense amount of gratitude to the artists who have brought our vision to life. Today, we finally got to see firsthand what they have created to be in our march, and it’s nothing short of inspiring. From a 7 foot creation of Mother Earth to a large banner reading “Migrants Lives Matter,” this march is preparing to be one that feels like a breath of fresh air to the climate movement.
As I look forward to a sunny Sunday sharing the Roman streets with thousands, I am reminded of how powerful art is.
I leave you with this quote which I think reflects what our Sunday mobilisation will inspire faith communities around the world to act on climate: “To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”
Check out all our photos from today’s studio visit and from our photos on Sunday. Be sure to join in the celebrations at 12pm noon local time anywhere in the world!