“Wings of McDowell” Sculpture Inspired by the Dreams of Local Residents | Local News

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From staff reports

A new community art project inspired by the hopes and dreams of McDowell residents will soon be sent to Raleigh for special exhibition.

“Wings of McDowell” is a community art project inspired by the international traveling sculpture “Wings of the City”, created by Mexican sculptor Jorge Marin. The local project was developed by Silvia Martin del Campo, teacher at Eastfield Global Magnet School and cultural ambassador for her country, Mexico.

She is also the driving force behind the annual Dia de Muertos celebration in downtown Marion.

The “Wings of McDowell” project was made possible through the support and partnership of the Jorge Marin Foundation, the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh, the McDowell Arts Council Association and its staff: Executive Director Susan Pyatt-Baker and Deputy Director Anna Branam.

This is a community art project that aims to bring people together and invite them to connect with their emotions and inspire them by answering the question “What would you do if you had wings?” “

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Fifty community members answered this question and recorded their answers on metallic gold “feathers” during workshops organized at MACA by Silvia Martin del Campo and the Jorge Marin Foundation. Their stories, showcasing the voices of members of our Latinx community, were used to construct the 7 foot tall sculpture “McDowell’s Alas // Wings of McDowell”.

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