By Julianne Brienza on June 3, 2017 / @capitalfringe
“Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” You will find this inscribed on the west side of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), a national monument located in the Arlington Ridge Park near the Ord-Weitzel Gate to Arlington National Cemetery.
When approaching the design for the twelfth annual Fringe Festival I felt the weight of the shrinking art scene in our Nation’s Capital, and I was inspired by this inscription. Courage and valor are required to stealthily tackle the task of placing our local art industry at the forefront making sure it does not get diluted by the ever-encompassing bucket of the ‘creative economy.”
In any revolution, movement or repairing of broken systems, it is not the leaders or generals that do the work to create change—it is the people. This is why we’ve re-interpreted the Iwo Jima War Memorial. Instead of Marine Sergeants and Privates, there are stagehands. They are not lifting the American flag, but instead lifting a tent filled with stage lights.
Artists are equipped to examine what our human experience is right now. Through art, they are constantly challenging boundaries and reminding us of what we all have in common. We all want to express ourselves, face the unexpected and go towards the unknown or sometimes the reoccurring. When will we ever hear answers to questions posed by the less powerful? Those that lift the lights, the tent and ultimately our City up?
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Cover drawing by Bill Warrell
Layout by Julianne Brienza
All words arranged in the image are taken from Fringe Festival production blurbs included in the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival.