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The Hope. Project
15 Oct 2001
Airplane fills the sky with Hope.
Airplane fills the sky with Hope.
On the morning of October 11th, a plane wrote the word "Hope" four times in the sky above the greater Boston area. The word was seen over Copley square and as far north as Nashua, New Hampshire. Simultaneously, throughout Boston, postcards with the word "Hope" printed on the front were distributed by hand to people on the street. They were encouraged to send their postcard to someone who needs it. Fourty people volunteered to distribute 5000 cards.

The strategy used on September 11th radically altered our perception of airplanes and the sky above us. Whether experienced live in real time or transmitted by the television or newspaper, the images of the World Trade Center have been fixed in our collective memory. In the days following September 11th, we were left with a seemingly silent sky and its occasional interruption by military aircraft. The sky, which once may have been perceived as tranquil, now is a source of anxiety.

The people who committed these transgressions used the sky, airplanes and time of day to intercept our lives. Their targets were apparently chosen for their symbolic cultural relevance to the United States.

This counter-response adopts the same elements used on September 11th, in an attempt to alter the images they have left us. An alternate image will be delivered by using the sky, an airplane, and time of day. By using air space the community of Boston is offered a shared experience contrary to the one of September 11th.

The attacks left people with a feeling of vulnerability and a desire to in someway take action. Individuals continue to look for a role in the recovery. On the ground, the more personal need to do something will be addressed. Volunteers will distribute postcards to individuals on the street. In a brief encounter, they will present the postcard and request that it is mailed as an extension of community.
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