Poems of Positivity

Submitted by Kevin Orlosky

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Client: Bonnaroo Works Fund and Arts at the Airport

Location: Nashville, TN, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $4,500

Project Team

Artist

Kevin Orlosky

Curator

Mary Grissom

Arts at the Airport

Overview

Poems composed from positive phrases of Bonnnaroo festival-goers. This sculpture was commissioned by Bonnaroo Music Festival and installed in the Nashville International Airport in a skylight in Terminal C.

Rowlux Illusion Film, Aluminum
16’ x 7’ x 15’

Goals

The goal of this piece is to highlight the Bonnaroovian code of "Radiate Positivity." As an artist, I focus my work to engage with the community during the creative process, or create works that are interactive. This piece amplifies the things that make people happy so that it may spark joy and inspiration.

Process

To create this piece I engaged with past Bonnaroo festival-goers on Facebook and Reddit, and asked them to provide me with a short phrase about something that makes them feel positive. I used the hundreds of responses to compose ten poems. These poems were designed and cut out of the Rowlux Illusion film to be installed like banners resembling the shape of a tent.