The idea of playing or freely gathering during a pandemic was impossible to conceive, especially when thinking of elder communities in 2020. Look Up dared and bring one retirement community together safely to give them a whole new way of looking at themselves. And, as a result they created a new lens with which we see them.
Spinning vibrant umbrellas together, the residents marched, danced and hummed while cameras and drones captured the kaleidoscopic, joyful scene from above. The umbrellas themselves were meant to symbolize the resiliency of a group too often isolated and then, forgotten. Under the shelter of art, the Mt. San Antonio Gardens’ retirement community celebrated in the potential of their own creativity.
Look Up required courage from every person who participated. Each individual was a vital pixel in the kaleidoscope that is Look Up. The venue was mapped in detail to ensure the visual spectacle would be brought to life as intended and without injury.
A question was posed to residents and staff before the drone flew overhead: “What do you tell yourself when faced with adversity?” The responses, a community haiku of handwritten notes, provided a meaningful foundation for exchanging stories of strength and adaptability. From these revelations, the 650 participants rediscovered commonalities.
The foundation of Look Up is community — quite literally. We couldn’t have put this interactive piece together without the support of Mt. San Antonio Gardens’ retirement community.
In a world where we are often together, yet separate and far apart, ET Projects aims to create immersive art that brings us closer and where we all are seen anew.
Look Up offers optimistic possibilities for tomorrow. It promotes and celebrates resilience in a particular community through art. The kaleidoscopic image reminds us that though fractured and isolated, we are still together– still one. A vision, larger than ourselves individually, remains hopeful.
Many thanks to our LOOK UP partners, whose dedication and generosity took LOOK UP from dream to reality.
Community Partner: Residents and Staff of Mt. San Antonio Gardens
ET Projects Team:
Kenneth Foerch, saxophone
F-D-S Manufacturing Co.
Logotek, Phil Page