There is a beautiful public piece of art along the Peguis Trail in Winnipeg Manitoba created by senior women from the Mennonite Bethania Personal Care Home in collaboration with school-age girls in their community.
The residents at the Mennonite care home teamed up with students from Hampstead Elementary School, Valley Gardens Middle School and Kildonan East Collegiate and together with artist Denise Prefontaine created an intergenerational artwork called Life’s Journey. A plaque at the site describes the mosaic project
I love this photo of the hands of the creators working on their project. It clearly shows the different ages of the women involved. This photo is sad too because now during the pandemic the kind of intergenerational cooperation and interaction this project involved would not be possible.
The cocoon and the butterfly in the installation reminded me of something a good friend said recently. “This time of isolation we are experiencing during the pandemic is like being in a cocoon. When it is over, we will all emerge as changed people.” How will I have changed? How will our world have changed? How will many of our institutions, including the Mennonite Church have changed?
A beautiful sculpture created by senior Mennonite women together with their young neighbours provides lots of food for thought.