In the summer 2013, Wang Ping, Alex Wand, Oliver St. John, Alex Howard, Ariel Lerner (with Scott Gannis as our base manager and interactive web master) brought 2000 flags to the Yangtze as gifts and peace ambassadors from the Mississippi River. As the flags traveled and fluttered from its mouth (Shanghai) to its source (Tibet), we made more friends and connections along the river. Hundreds of Chinese people sent their good wishes to the Mississippi River. Through much hardship and determination, we reached the Mount Everest with our flags. From the roof of the world, our wishes for peace, harmony and clean water spread to the whole world.
We displayed all the flags at the Soap Factory Gallery, with installations, Sand Mandala, photos, prints, books, poetry reading, bands from the Mississippi and Yangtze, Aztec dance, orchestra, theatre and performance, tea ceremony, dumplings, canoe making, river flag making…a whole month of celebrating rivers with artists from the Mississippi and Yangtze, and from the world. We hope you’ll enjoy this celebration.