The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path, an ever-evolving community art piece designed by Steve McAllister, will be installed at First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota from Monday, February 20 to Friday, February 24. The concept of The Unbroken Path is the interweaving of various cultural traditions of excellence in order to create a community-created portrait of the path to a better world. By using "found objects" as canvases, artists of all kinds are encouraged to contribute to the installation.
"It's really about finding value in what we have," says McAllister. "There is so much that we tend to just throw out before considering how it can assist us in our purpose, not just in the physical world, but in our collective traditions as well. Art helps us to understand ourselves and one another, both in its creation and in being witness to it."
The forty-six pieces to be installed among the turns of the First Presbyterian labyrinth were a collaboration of McAllister, UPRISE Art Collective co-founder Chris McKenzie, Miranda Massey of Biking with Intent, and Amy Pop Kern. The steps are based upon the Hero's Journey of Joseph Campbell, the Eight Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, the Four Gospels, the Four Noble Truths, the Four Natural Elements, the Four Aspects of Humanity, and the Four Roles of Leadership, also by Covey. The installation will also include blank "canvases" to represent the next three paradigms to be included in The Unbroken Path - The 12 Anonymous Steps, Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and the Beatitudes of Jesus Christ.
McAllister, author of How To Survive An Estralarian Mind Meld and The Rucksack Letters, will guide a tour through the labyrinth on President's Day at 2 pm to answer questions and recruit artists to contribute their step in the path. Selected artists will be able to take part in the next installation of The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path at Celebrate Wellness Fest at Phillippi Estates on March 10-11. The Unbroken Path is also being developed as web-based video series where contributing artists may also be featured. Special appointments can be made by contacting Steve at InkenSoul@gmail.com.