UNITY Project @ Hyde Park

Niagara Falls UNITY Project at Hyde Park

Interactive Public Art Highlights Connections Despite Differences

July 12, 2018 – The Niagara Falls Community Development Department welcomes residents to take part in UNITY, a temporary and interactive public art project located next to Sal Maglie Stadium. “Our goal is to create community within Niagara Falls city parks,” said Seth Piccirillo, Director of Community Development. “This project shows that when we actually take time to learn about one another, there is much more that brings us together than divides us.” 

UNITY is circular arrangement of 32 poles in a 41-foot circle. Each pole is labeled with an identifier. For example, “I’m a parent,” “I was born in Niagara Falls,” “My family’s continent of origin is _____.” With yarn, participants tie to each pole with which they identify. A canopy of interconnectedness forms as more people participate. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something. This project celebrates the uniqueness of individuals and raises awareness of how labels impact our perception of and interactions with the world. 

WHO:              Niagara Falls Community Development Department

                        Open to the General Public

WHERE:          South side of Sal Maglie Stadium Parking Lot

                        1200 Hyde Park Blvd.

                        Niagara Falls, NY 14301

WHAT:            UNITY Interactive Public Art Project

WHEN:           Our team members will be on site at the following times:

                       Thursday, July 12: 4-6 pm

                        Friday, July 13: 12-4 pm

                       Saturday, July 14: 2-7 pm

 UNITY is part of Niagara Falls Community Development’s 2018 Summer In Your City event series, sponsored by the New York State Health Foundation, in partnership with the Niagara Falls City School District. Residents can visit www.YourCityNF.com to learn more about the entire event schedule and to follow Niagara Falls Community Development social media pages to stay up to date. 

UNITY was created by Nancy Belmont, Vessence Corporation. In May 2015 she launched the Courage Wall as a way to raise awareness of the fears that hold us back from living big, bold authentic lives. The Courage Wall and UNITY are both projects that fall under the #WeLiveBig initiative.