ANNUAL VISUAL ART COLLABORATION
MEDICINE WHEEL is an epic work of art created by world renown visual artist Michael Dowling. Michael is known as one of Massachusetts’ most innovative and courageous artists who produces visually stunning, ambitious public works of art that serve and inspire communities on many levels. His work stems from his heartfelt desire to beautify and make life better for all.
Produced annually since 1992 in conjunction with World AIDS Day, MEDICINE WHEEL is the largest recurring site-specific public art event in Boston. Designed in response to the dramatic circular space of the historic Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, MEDICINE WHEEL commands the 23,000 square-foot grand interior with understated power. The primary visual component is the wheel itself: thirty-six pedestals and portable shrines arranged in a circle. Each year the installation is based around a different element: fire, water, earth or air. However, The Wheel is much more than an extraordinary sculptural art installation. Every December 1st it exists as a 24-hour vigil of prayer, dance, song and ritual that brings people from every walk of life together to commemorate the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic.
KAIROS Dance Theater opens MEDICINE WHEEL annually on December 1st with a world premiere site-specific performance. KAIROS dancers enmesh themselves inside of the installation, realizing and revealing a sense of poetry and fearlessness beyond mere technique or physicality. Artistic Director DeAnna Pellecchia has been collaborating and creating performances with Michael Dowling since 1999, fusing sight, sound and space through live performance, producing large-scale art installations that become suddenly, deeply alive.
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