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Spiral Q: The Parade

Spiral Q: The Parade 2
Spiral Q: The Parade 3
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  • On View
    April 23, 2023 — January 7, 2024
  • Location

    Domestic Arts Building

1. 'Trans Unicorn', 2018, 'Trans Memorial Portraits', 2018-2020, and 'Trans Rights protest signs', 2021, photo: Bruce M. White 2. Installation view, photo: Bruce M. White 3. Installation view, featuring the 'Make Your Own Protest Sign' maker space, Installation view, photo: Bruce M. White 4. Photo: Rachael Warriner


Grounds For Sculpture is pleased to present two exhibitions as part of our new Perspectives series – Local Voices: Memories, Stories, and Portraits, and Spiral Q: The Parade.


Spiral Q: The Parade is an exhibition rooted in communal, collective advocacy for the greater good.  This immersive installation highlights Spiral Q’s rich history of processions and approaches to individual and community expression, such as memorial tributes, wearable structures, large scale puppetry, and more.

Participatory workshops and community collaborations ensure the accessibility of this exhibition.

Spiral Q is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that promotes social and political change through giant puppetry, pageantry and direct action. Founded in 1996, Spiral Q has become recognized locally and nationally for its originality, capacity to inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and its ability to creatively invigorate communities. Working with around 3,500 individuals each year, Spiral Q brings its public work to estimated audiences of 30,000 annually. The mission is to build strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on their convictions.

Co-Curated by Kathleen Ogilvie Greene, Chief Audience Officer at Grounds For Sculpture, and Quentin Williams, Founder and CEO of Dragon Tree Media Group



Spiral Q: The Parade is made possible by major support from Marjorie Ogilvie and Miller Parker (PNAA Foundation) and The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Brooke Barrie Art Fund, Drs. Umesh and Sunanda Gaur, Holman, NRG, and PSE&G. Support is provided in part by the Atlantic Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Night Forms: dreamloop by Klip Collective 8

Trans Unicorn, 2018, mixed media (artist: Liza Goodell), Trans Memorial Portraits, 2018-2020, fabric banners, paint, pole (artists: Elaine Arias and Angela Wang); and Trans Rights protest signs, 2021, cardboard, mixed media, Installation view of Spiral Q: The Parade, all objects Courtesy of Spiral Q, photo: Bruce M. White; Installation view of Spiral Q: The Parade, all objects Courtesy of Spiral Q, photo: Bruce M. White; Installation view of Spiral Q: The Parade featuring the Make Your Own Protest Sign maker space, all objects Courtesy of Spiral Q photo: Bruce M. White; Courtesy of Spiral Q, Photo: Rachael Warriner



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