Amplify Dedication at Union Transfer

JULY 16, 2014 | 12 - 2PM
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Join artist Ben Volta and members of the Restorative Justice Guild program for the dedication of Amplify, a mural that mimics sounds projecting from a gramophone and amplifying as it moves across the wall. 

Guild members explored and extensively photographed the Union Transfer building and collectively developed a unique design reflecting on properties of music, sounds and the amplification of voice.

Enjoy live music, tasty summer treats, and more at this special event. 

more information about the mural

The large gramophone mural for the Union Transfer music venue began by exploring the architecture and of the building and surrounding neighborhood and reflecting on properties of music, sounds and the amplification of voice. The abundance of ornament that wraps the interior of the venue served as a medium for The Restorative Justice GUILD members to reinterpret, blend, form and expand with drawing. GUILD members explored the interior of Union Transfer and took hundreds of photographs. They then drew over photographs and borrowed segments of the building ornament to create a unique design. This exploratory design process eventually led us to combine all of the drawings together to create a large gramophone horn. Many of the unique designs are exploratory and decorative but some are embedded with meaning. For example there is an abstract portrait of a face that is muzzled with an X positioned directly alongside the needle of the gramophone. You can also discover ornamental interpretations of a raised fist and a black beetle. The intensity of the positive energy within is revealed through the window segments.

more about the Restorative Justice program

Restorative Justice is a concept of justice that involves the victim, the offender, and the community in the healing process. Globally, restorative justice practices can be viewed as an alternative to incarceration and revenge, enabling all parties to communicate, attempt to understand what has happened to the community, and then proceed to healing and restoration. These tasks can be accomplished through various means, from traditional talking circles to formal victim/offender mediation conferences. This is a difficult process and requires thoughtfulness, awareness, and inner strength.  Restorative justice practices help to unify communities affected by crime and to transform community members divided by the criminal justice system.

The Mural Arts Program incorporates the concepts of restorative justice through art instruction, mural making, and community service work within the criminal justice system. Current inmates, probationers and parolees, and juvenile delinquents are given the opportunity to learn new skills and make a positive contribution to their communities to repair the prior harm they may have caused. In the Mural Arts Restorative Justice program there is a growing emphasis on re-entry, reclamation of civic spaces, and the use of art to give voice to people who have consistently felt disconnected from society.

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more information on the MuralArtsProgram

We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art.

Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding.

Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society.

We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of our partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future.

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Photo credits: Steve Weinik, Amplify © 2014 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Ben Volta with the Restorative Justice Guild



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