Throughout time and across all cultures, a knot has symbolized the struggles of everyday life. In the tradition of Mary Undoer of Knots, a favorite artwork of Pope Francis, Project HOME commissioned this work of public art at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, in honor of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in September 2015.
The artwork is intended to delight and inspire, while making issues of homelessness, poverty and hunger visible during a time of immense national attention. Among the atmosphere of love and compassion surrounding the Pope’s visit, the installation offered an opportunity for over 100,000 people from around the globe to contemplate, connect and act through the tying and untying of knots. As the knots began to pile up day after day, the installation transformed from individual struggle to collective peace.
Wooden structure fabricated by Steamchamber, Daniel Ostrov and Stephanie Cole
Special thanks to Pope Francis, Project HOME, Sister Mary Scullion and the Mercy and Justice Team.
“We’re hoping that people are moved to acknowledge a higher power and to also acknowledge the power within ourselves to act. We need God’s grace to untie the knots, but we also need each other.” -Sister Mary Scullion