Thursday, December 4, 2008

Become the Change You Seek

John and I were recent guests in the home of our good friend, artist Arlene Elizabeth, and her partner, Ruth, for the unveiling of Arlene's new origami mosaic in the likeness of President-elect Obama. We were each invited to write something on the piece which will, eventually, be sent to the White House. I wrote, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." (not my words) John wrote an Abraham Lincoln quote.

After we left, Arlene emailed me to say, "...we reviewed the writings and realized a pattern involving quoting or paraphrasing significant words that reflect ideals. We unanimously agreed to call the piece "Be the Change[You Seek]"...another quote, another ideal, another inspiration."

This particular Arlene Elizabeth mosaic was made from 1,000 origami paper cranes and contains hundreds of different colors representing every skin color imaginable.

This participation was a very touching experience for all.

For the locals: Arlene and family will carry this piece to the Berkeley Farmer's Market this weekend and will be there from 10-3 on Saturday. Please stop by and sign it with your own messages of peace and change for our country. Become a part of history! Become a part of the change!

Berkeley Farmer's Market
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way


This is Arlene and Ruth's son, Ian:

The artist's neighbors also participated in the event:

Dave, writing his message.

Valerie and John

Yes we can ALL help effect change in this country!


myerscho said...

this is really cool!!

smellyrhinostudio said...

This is fantastic..especially out of cranes..a symbol of peace and harmony! I love it and the message.

Stacy Alexander