Although unofficial, June is recognized as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Having since been recognized as such since the June 28th, 1969 Stonewall Inn riots, it is important to not only recognize and acknowledge June as Pride Month, but to understand it's importance in today's time. It commemorates our history, not only the events of the Stonewall riots, but every individual's own pursuit for happiness and their personal battles to overcome. Pride Month is a celebration of what we have done and our accomplishments, but also a reminder of how far we will still go.
designboom magazine, in perhaps an either unrelated or incredibly subtle approach, posted on their Instagram a piece by artist Gabriel Dawe, titled 'plexus A1'. Sixty miles of thread, composing of fifteen different colors to represent the full spectrum of light were installed at the Renwick Museum in Washington D.C. What is a breathtaking piece of art is also a beautiful symbol of Pride Month.
As I stumbled on 'plexus A1' on my Instagram feed, our publishing assistant recognized the piece and had excitedly let me know she'd seen it in person and taken a photo with it. In ways that art spans the generations and touches a far greater audience then we know, it goes to show, without a doubt, that art will always reach out and touch our hearts. We can all find a meaning in it and in someway appreciate it.
Whether it's the artist's intentions or not, art creates emotions and evokes memories. It's not hard to connect the dots and find meaning behind the piece that draws us to associate 'plexus A1' with our LGBTQ community. Though only made with fragile lines of thread, the piece comes together to create a single, strong, and beautiful work of art as a whole. Today, let's also remember to stand together as members of the community and the Allies within it.