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Massive community art print honoring locals affected by cancer to be unveiled

Jan 30, 2017


A world record-setting print created in September 2016 honoring community members affected by cancer will be unveiled in Richmond, Virginia. This will be the first time the print is on display for public view.

The collagraph honors a total of 207 locals who have or had cancer. It represents survivors, those who are currently battling and loved ones lost. Honorees represent all ages and many forms of cancer. Each printed outfit with the honoree’s name underneath will be on display. The massive community art print measures 7' 6" x 733' and sets a record for the world’s largest collagraph.

Known as Impressions of Courage, the project was presented by Art on Wheels, a Richmond nonprofit that brings comprehensive art programming to local communities with limited access to the arts, in collaboration with Studio23 and support from VCU Massey Cancer Center. The partners asked the community to honor someone affected by cancer by submitting an outfit that represented the person being honored. The outfits were turned into printing plates, and during an event in September 2016, each outfit was laid out on the street, inked up by a team of volunteers and printed onto one long piece of fabric using a steamroller. Learn more about the project by watching the video or visiting the Impressions of Courage website. Learn more about collagraphs here.

Visit Brown’s Island on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12-3 PM to see the unveiling of the world record print and to learn about how it was created.

Note: This event is weather permitting. In the event of rain, it will be cancelled.

Written by: Massey Communications Office

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