Jona Dos Santos
The Global Shrine of the Immigrant is a site-specific outdoor sculpture and performance created for Socrates Sculpture Park. A shrine representing the spiritual connections that exist among people from different cultures: European, African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and others. The iconography of the piece relates to the experiences of the immigrants upon arriving in this country, their reactions, assimilations and contributions to their new society. The performance/ritual celebrated and reaffirmed the importance of cultural diversiy in a world that is quickly becoming homogenized. Special thanks to Link Harper, Tom Lyles and Enrico Martignoni for making this piece possible.