United Tribes News"Pull and Raise" successful at UTTC
30 September 2013
BISMARCK (UTN) - Volunteers from the campus and community turned out enthusiastically September 7 for the final, uplifting step of a participatory art project at UTTC. Undeterred by light rain, about 200 tugged ropes and hoisted upright an over-sized, wooden teepee.
The project was courtesy of Japanese installation artist Tsubasa Kato. Communities in Japan and Europe have hosted his “Pull and Raise” art projects, but this was said to be his first in the United States. The events are intended to inspire people to work together and raise one another to achieve goals, visions and dreams.
It took six days to assemble the 33-foot-tall structure but only minutes to pull it erect, setting-off a wave of euphoria among participants.
Kato’s team included a documentary videographer. He was expertly assisted by UTTC Recruiter Dustin Thunder Hawk and D. J. Two Bears of Standing Rock, a friend of the artist. He also made a presentation to UTTC Art/Art Marketing students.
The event was sponsored by United Tribes, Last Real Indians.com, and the artist himself.
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