Answers to the simple question, “What’s your vision for the world?” are inspiring a book, video and art pieces focused on the Four Corners.
A leadership class with Tiospaye, a Durango nonprofit focused on personal development, set out a month ago to gather 17,777 visions for the world. It will use responses from the region to guide the design of four art pieces it plans to install in Durango, Ignacio, Aztec and Cortez.
“We really are dedicated to creating connection and a greater sense of community,” said Monica Devi Bhakti with the class Living Vision 7.
Simply asking residents to share their vision for the world and what they are doing to make it real can help empower people, she said.
“Too often we think that things are so out of our control,” she said.
Love and peace are some of the main themes that residents shared, which inspired the idea for a sculpture the group plans to donate to the city of Durango. The sculpture features four human figures holding the word “love.”
The question, “What’s your vision for the world?” will also be written across the bottom of the 9-foot-tall sculpture to leave passersby considering the question, group member Steve Galbraith said.
The group expects tourists will take pictures with the sculpture, which will help spread the question even farther.
Bhakti, Galbraith and others from Tiospaye presented the concept for the aluminum sculpture to the city’s Public Art Commission on Tuesday morning, where it seemed to be well received. But the committee hasn’t yet agreed to accept the piece into the city’s collection.
A vote on the piece is expected in February, said Colleen O’Brien, business development and redevelopment coordinator for the city.
The other art pieces planned for the region include a mural in Aztec, a sculpture in Cortez outside the Piñon Project and a chalkboard for a school playground in Ignacio, where students can write their visions, Bhakti said.
The book, The Vision Project: Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s World, will feature portraits of respondents and their visions. Free copies will be distributed to organizations where participants were interviewed for the project. The video will be posted on YouTube.
To share a vision for the world as part of the Tiospaye project, text (970) 715-1115 or visit the group’s Facebook page.
They hope to hit their ambitious goal for responses by midnight Feb. 8.
“Our goal is have a nice wide representation from people from all over, so we can all see how much we have in common,” she said
The group also aims to raise $7,700 to help buy materials for its project; it is accepting donations through YouCaring.
Why does the number “seven” appear in so many of the group’s goals: because it is the seventh Tiospaye leadership class, Bhakti said.