The interactive Light of Human Kindness mural debuted last night as a part of the RVA Street Art Festival. Richmonders from all over came out to test out the first of its kind mural project created by Richmond’s Kindness Hero Patience Salgado.
Strangers, friends, and family joined hands last night to activate 1,000 LED lights on the Light of Human Kindness mural. The technology was produced by the Martin Agency and the mural design was completed by HAM?, along with a great number of volunteers.
After nearly a year of planning and fundraising, Patience Salgado turned her idea into a reality with the first of its kind interactive mural in RVA; powered by kindness missions and human connection.
The LOHK mural is located at: 2401 W. Cary Street. The RVA Street Art Festival started yesterday and is going all weekend. Please visit both the Light of Human Kindness website and The RVA Street Art Festival site for updates. #WESEEIT
LIGHT OF HUMAN KINDNESS UPDATE: Hamilton Glass is on the scene and started painting today. I took a few photos of his progress. HAM? is really going freestyle with the mural. I asked him earlier today did he have a sketch and he does but he’s really trying to feel out the project; it seems that the end result will be much more organic. Follow the Light of Human Kindness both HERE and on Facebook.
I also have to give a huge S/O and happy birthday to Ed Trask. Ed is the architect of the RVA Street Art Festival and has really moved through a lot of challenges this year to pull the festival off. Happy Birthday Ed!
Huge S/O to my family Patience Salgado and Hamilton Glass for bringing the Light of Human Kindness to RVA. This is a bold “BOLD” concept to bring to RVA and I’ve personally seen the toll it has brought on my sister P thus far.
The Light of Human Kindness is an interactive mural in RVA that will explore the relationship of light and darkness and what can happen when art, technology and kindness come together to illuminate the power of human connection.
The project begins with our simple human stories. Once the stories are collected and written on the wall at a community event, Richmond artist Hamilton Glass will paint the mural over the very stories that hold our shared humanity and goodness.
The 1,000 (LED light bulbs) installed directly on an 80 foot wall in Cary Street will then light up one-by-one in real time as people from Richmond and around the world complete acts of kindness inspired by the mural art or their own experience of needing light during a dark time.
The mural will also invite folks to experience the power of human connection by interacting with the wall itself using conductive properties and other cutting edge technology. The collective energy of one hand touching the wall while linked with a physical human connection to others will also power the lights. and I know with her dedication this will be and amazing instillation. — reposted from The Light of Human Kindness and from KindnessGirl.com — please check out what is down with the Light of Human Kindness project – you won’t be sorry.
I have about 57,000 stories to tell you about this project, but for now I’ll just say this…it’s here, *big sigh of relief*, and I can’t wait to do this together because…
everyone has a dark story
everyone holds a light
everyone needs kindness
the light is coming…
Last night, my homegirl, Patience Salgado AKA Kindness Girl did an amazing job as the special guest for the Richmond Comedy Coalition’s Richmond Famous show at Gallery 5. But Patience was not alone, she called on her good friend Jennifer Lemons-Driskell AKA The Checkout Girl to rock a ukulele sing along. It was a great time. Below are some of the photos. I’m so excited about the things The Cheats Movement Family has in store for 2013 and it was a real family affair last night. If you don’t know already the Richmond Comedy Coalition is in process of opening their new theater on Broad Street. Support them as best you can. Patience and The Cheats Movement Blog (along with so many others) are always working on projects to bridge the gap in this city. RVA, good things are happening. #WESEEIT
This is our Richmond.
With the summer leaves now turning a striking orange, children back to school, and the nation once again planning to determine our future through democracy; fall is clearly upon us. While we can never stop the hour glass of time from turning, we can always take a moment to enjoy the present through gatherings, fellowship, and of course food.
Richmond Virginia is a magical place filled with historic architecture, beautiful landscapes, gorgeous parks, and great food. Being outside in Richmond during the fall is breath taking. The evening twilight seems to radiate peace and harmony.
Though that was not always the case in the capitol of the Confederacy. As a child, I remember, with great detail, fables of a different Richmond, a colder Richmond. A Richmond that would not have been so accepting of me and my friends setting up our dinner party in the middle of Byrd Park to commune together and celebrate friendship. Well I don’t exactly know when it happened but that old Richmond is dead.
With the Byrd Park’s War Memorial as our backdrop, the air filled with the aroma of salmon, sausage, pasta salad, deviled eggs, and more. Our old favorites Merlot and Chardonnay met a new friend named Naughty Shirley. We laughed, joked, learned and loved for hours. It was the perfect Richmond evening.
The night ended with dessert, photos, sparklers, and hugs. There were talk about the how quickly the summer had passed and how we need to see each other soon. With Richmond serving as the perfect backdrop, I know that we will.
Dinner Friends: Aria, Maat, Lock, Julian, Victoria, Patience, Jorge, Clay, Nevena, & Nick Mastro
One week after her debut column in the nationwide mega-blog The Huffington Post, I sat down with RVA’s own Patience Salgado. She is better known to many as Kindness Girl. Though Patience and I share the honor of both being named to Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2009 we’d never met or spoken before last week. Patience and I actually connected via Facebook after I saw her amazing photos from RVA Remembers. In addition to all the wonderful act of kindness she does, she is also an amazing photographer, writer, and blogger (BTW: a wife and mother of four). She has over 2,800 followers on twitter and has been featured in Oprah’s Magazine (yep that Oprah). Though we’d never spent any time around each other before — you would have never known it if you saw us in Crossroads last week. She instantly felt like my sister and we immediately hit if off. We spoke about her new gig at the Huff Post, her passion for the concept of kindness, how being known as Kindness Girl impacts her personal life, and her new guerrilla project: The Great Day of Garbage Gratitude. Check out my full interview with Patience by clicking HERE. Please support her efforts at: kindnessgirl.com and follow her on twitter at: @kindnessgirl
“Honestly – the crazy thing is that if Oprah had never happened, or any of it had never happened, I would still be doing exactly what I’m doing. Don’t get me wrong, all of the publicity is awesome because it’s great to dream bigger and think about how much further the concept of kindness can go but I was telling my husband the other day that I have the same exact feeling walking away from brainstorming a kindness project with my garbage men that I did when I found out about Oprah Magazine – the same exact feeling.” — Patience Salgado
Cheats Movement: You just mentioned the Oprah article but the recent news is your writing for The Huffington Post, you just posted your first column last week?
Kindness Girl: Yes. I posted a week ago. It came out of nowhere, The Huffington Post just started a new “Good News” section and I got an email from them asking if I would be interested in writing. They have tons of blogger so there are a lot of people doing it but what is really cool about it is that I now have a new voice to tell stories about kindness that I didn’t have before…
Cheats Movement: And they’re huge – one of the most popular blogs in the country. This is a big deal.
Kindness Girl: I’m so nervous about it. I really don’t write editorials – that’s not my thing. So I guess I will just do the type of stuff I do on my blog and hope that it hits.
Cheats Movement: So how often will you write for them?
Kindness Girl: They are asking for once or twice a week but I think I can pull off once a week. I’m hoping to get approval for a post now – I am hoping that they feature it. I’m asking the country to do a kindness mission with me.
Cheats Movement: Awesome! Is this brand new?
Kindness Girl: Yes. I’m hoping it will be approved but I’m not sure.
Cheats Movement: So I can break some news? Can I break some news with this interview?
Kindness Girl: Well, I met my garbage men right before Christmas and I had this thought that these men are in our lives day in and day out but we often don’t know their names, we don’t know who they are. While I was talking to them, I decided that I want to do a kindness project for garbage men because they often go unrecognized. I asked them, “What type of kindness would you appreciate?” Joe said, I think we just need a little respect.” Hearing that I thought, that is such a basic human need – everyone needs a little respect. So, I’m asking the country to write notes of gratitude to their garbage men, maybe throw in a gift card too, and put it on their trash can for their garbage collectors on a selected trash pick-up day. Think how great it would be if can after can garbage collectors received another note. Just for one day, they would feel gratitude for the work they provide on a daily basis.