This will be a ground breaking, history making exhibit and is coming straight from
The Smithsonian to the Denver International Airport (DIA)!
The art on wheels will be parked at DIA from May 22nd through August 31, 2012.
The Vochol® is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been covered with the traditional beadwork from the Huichol (Waxaritari), an indigenous group from Mexico. It is covered in 2,277,000 glass beads applied, by hand, by 8 artisans from two Huichol families!
The artists devoted thousands of hours of their time transferring their inspiration to a magical and colorful design embedded on this Volkswagen. Huichol artists used the Volkswagen as the “vehicle” to express and share not just their artistic skills, but also share their history, mythology, and their culture with the world.
The Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center in collaboration with Denver Public Schools has developed a strategy to involve Denver’s students and teachers in creating art work that resembles the Vochol® in its symbolic representation. This is an opportunity for Students to express their artistic creativity, where the Vochol will be used as their main “Vehicle of inspiration,” creativity and representation. The Huichol artists used the Volkswagen beetle as their main canvas of work and as their “vehicle” to express and share not just their artistic skills, but also to share their history, mythology, and their cultural symbolism. In the same way, students will be able to share their art and make symbolic connections with the thousands of people who travel through DIA every day.
The Vochol® will be parked at the Main Terminal of DIA and free and open to the public!
Did you know that DIA is home to other beautiful art exhibits?
Details here: Art at DIA.
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