A temporary art installation on the Vanderbilt campus is designed to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness.
The Kefi Project, a new public art organization at Vanderbilt, has installed “pairAsouls” at the Sarratt Student Center. The installation consists of more than 120 umbrellas hung in the open-air courtyard between Sarratt Gallery and Last Drop Coffee Shop, creating a multicolored, multilayered roof.
Inspired by a project exhibited at the Agitagueda Festival in Agueda, Portugal, “pairAsouls” is rooted in the idea of providing shelter to those who need it, much like an umbrella provides shelter in the rain. The aim of “pairAsouls” is to bring individuals and organizations together in an effort to combat the plight of homelessness in Nashville. Each umbrella is available for sponsorship, with all proceeds benefiting the Safe Haven Family Shelter. Each sponsor will be acknowledged for his or her contribution with a placard at the installation.
The Christo & Jeanne-Claude-inspired art installation slated for a 16-day stint in New York's Central Park next year will get support for its 7,500 free-standing structures from permanent-mold cast aluminum. The castings are made by Gupta Permold Corp., Pittsburgh, and will serve as corner supports and the bases for orange vinyl extruded poles. The inverted U-shaped structures will hold saffron-colored fabric seven feet above the ground. The exhibit will place thousands of 16-ft high structures along 23 miles of footpaths in the park.