Scottish-born, London-based poet, artist, and sculptor Robert Montgomery has collaborated with global creative house Justkids towards a poetic contribution to the Downtown Fort Smith community embodied as a site-specific installation lighting up the downtown urban-scape with a timely yet wholehearted command “MINE LOVE DISTRIBUTE HOPE”.
The LED lighted sculpture, part of the conceptual artist light poems series, adds to the growing public art collection curated by Justkids for 5 years in a row through The Unexpected art event.
Robert Montgomery wanted to produce a work that felt universal while at the same time being highly contextual, harnessing a poetic voice that both embodies and addresses directly to Fort Smith community. About the creative process, the artist expressed: “Both of my grandfathers were coal miners and they were also very loving men who instilled their children and grandchildren with a passion for education and a sense of hope for the future. They mined coal, but they also mined love and shared hope.
This very short poem is a poem for them, and as such it also celebrates manual workers everywhere who work hard for all of us, manual workers build and maintain our cities and we all owe them respect and gratitude.
” Charlotte Dutoit, curator and founder of Justkids adds: “ Robert Montgomery’s new piece provokes an uplifting emotion for the passerby and conveys a message of solidarity for the community. His words are not only captivating and deeply poetic but, in such a place like Fort Smith Arkansas where the social and economic situation is tough, they are meaningful.”
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