MUSUBI
PROJECT
2023

MUSUBI 結び//CONNECTIONS

Musubi will be a large-scale knot installation, consisting of thousands of colorful naturally dyed recycled fabric knots flowing across a vertical surface-the fence along Alameda Ave between Marion Parkway and Lafayette Avenue in Denver, Colorado. The work will flow with wind and passing cars and after creation the community will interact with it visually and will be invited to add knots. Kanou Musubi's literal meaning is "wishing knot". Each participant will put their individual wish into their knot as they tie it in a collective experience. Musubi's figurative meaning is the act of connection. The goal of this project is to create a participatory, collective artwork that expands and evolves over time as more people interact with it and add their knot -wishes.

The Natural dyeing element of this work offers a sense of connection to nature. This section of Alameda Avenue sees nearly 35,000 cars daily and many pedestrians. This installation will be a visible reminder of our connectedness to each other adding a calming, healing effect open to all passing by. Maki and Theresa have been collecting hyper local natural materials from the personal garden, the Steel Elementary school garden and trees around us. Even invasive plants, food waste, nuts fallen down on the ground have some natural beauty to extract. 

This project is made possible with INSITE FUND from Redline Contemporary Art Center, as part of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Re-granting program.

Project Partner : Theresa Nuber

Location Partner : Steele Elementary School