There are many ways to try and uplift a community, and several Washtenaw County artists are trying to do that by creating and installing wings around town.
I spoke with some of the wing creators and shares their purpose and passion about what started as a global effort:
Inspired by the global wings project of American artist Collette Miller, several Washtenaw county artists and residents have begun creating and installing artistic wings locally.
Elisa Guyton says for her it's "advocating for humanity on the whole."
She has been working with schools and community groups across Washtenaw County collecting individually decorated feathers to create a large set of colorful wings on the lower level of the Ypsilanti District Library on Michigan Avenue.
Community artist and nearly live long resident of Ypsilanti Amanda May Moore recently used aerosol chalk to create two sets of bee wings on the brick wall of Cultivate Coffee in Ypsilanti's Depot Town. One set is higher off the ground for adults, the other is lower for children to back up to and see how they feel.
Moore says she feels the community wings are uplifting and inspiring and gets excited when she sees people want to take a picture with them.
The local artists are planning more wings around town and hope to eventually create a permanent set or two so people can continue to be a part of this uplifting community art project.
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