Goodness knows many of us are baking instead of basking under the summer sun this year, but artist HOT TEA's new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art resonated with me because it speaks to a different type of warmth: the warmth of love. Using 84 miles of orange and yellow-hued string suspended from MIA's Target Wing rotunda, HOT TEA has created a stunning interpretation of the sun as a way to represent the boundless warmth and nourishment of love. In his artist's statement, HOT TEA explains the context of this installation:
"At least once in our lives we have all had to let go of something we truly love. Whether it be a pet, personal object or in some cases, loved ones. This piece is my interpretation of the sun. The sun brings life and also represents happiness, warmth and energy. When letting go of something or someone we truly love, sometimes it is okay to celebrate their lives along with mourning. This piece represents the warmth and love I have received from those I have had to let go of."
We talk often on Apartment Therapy about finding ways to let things go and even finding the strength to say goodbye. Letting go of something or someone we love can be one of the most challenging aspects of life. This exhibit is a beautiful reminder to me that we can always carry with us the warmth of love, even if the source of that love is no longer in our physical lives.
If you live in the Minneapolis area, "Letting Go" will be at MIA through September 2, 2012. Museum visitors are encouraged to relax under the "sun" to truly experience the exhibit.
• Check out a very cool time lapse video showing the installation process at Colossal
(Images: Amanda Hankerson and Eric Rieger. Via: Colossal)