Art is not always a painting or a sculpture. One artist had a dream of pulling a community together for his work of art and managed to watch his dream come alive. For today’s story I went On the Road to the University of North Texas to see Artist in Residence Nick Cave’s piece entitled “Heard”.
Cave had an idea to make a visual art piece that brought artist, dancers, and musicians as well as community members together on his project. Artist and community members helped create nearly thirty horse suits made of synthetic raffia, while the music department created the percussion score for the piece, and the dancers work on the choreography. All of the pieces came together this week in to something that grabbed the attention of everyone in ear shot of the drums.
It was quite a sight as the dancer in large raffia covered horse suits danced their way across the lawn at UNT. nearly everyone had to snap a picture of the brightly colored horses and they danced to the beat of the drum in what can only be described as something kin to an Indian dance.
When it was all over Cave was overwhelmed with the breathtaking performance and seeing his dream in action brought a tear to his eye.
If you want to catch a glimpse of the “Heard” they have one performance on Sunday afternoon at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Click here to learn more.