In the Spring of 2020, as our world began to shut down all around us and we became confined to our homes and separated from family and friends, APC wanted to provide our community with an opportunity to safely gather and create something encouraging for the community. The idea was born to do an outside art installation. Using the 55 panels of fence lining our cemetery as the “canvas,” we added color and movement! Families were able to safely participate outside, distanced from each other, and help tie over 10,000 ribbons in vibrant Spring colors to the fence! The Fence of HOPE was created in April 2020 just in time for Easter!
It was our goal to bring a little color and joy during a time of worry and fear; to bring HOPE to our community as we are reminded by the words of Isaiah 40:31 “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”
The response from the community has been remarkable. We receive many words of appreciation and see many people walking by and making special trips to visit the Fence.
What materials were used? Plastic tablecloths…strategically and easily cut! Beautiful, but, after a while, the Fence of Hope needed to come down….
But, we had a plan! In October, the Fence of THANKS was created using beautiful Fall colors!
We have recently completed the third installation. In March of 2021, we dressed the fence in the calming colors of white, blue, lavender, cream, and green to create the Fence of PEACE.
Our Fences have inspired similar projects in surrounding communities (schools, aftercare programs, hospitals). And, the APC Fences continue to “give” to the community even after they are taken down! The plastic has been recycled and contributed to the Allentown Recycling program resulting in park benches donated to the community!
If you want to learn more about this project please reach out to Maureen@allentownpresbyterian.org