Healing and Resilience
a public art installation by Cazimi
What did we do?
In partnership with the Andover Center for History & Culture, we created a public art installation featuring woven elements, metal and wood sculpture, and a live performance activation inside a series of empty storefront windows on Main Street in downtown Andover.
Why did we do it?
In 2021 and 2022 we had been producing public art projects on Main Street transforming large fences and plazas into spaces of pause, wonder, and meditation on our relationship to nature’s life cycles. These kinds of projects added vibrancy to our main street, inviting pedestrians to take another look at what may have become a familiar and ignored space and to imagine a new possibility or new way of looking at our downtown as a center for creativity, joy, and community.
How did we do it?
In order to express these ideas of healing and feminine resilience, we transformed 3 store windows on Main Street into a fiber, wood, and metal environmental treasure-box installation. Our environment embraced the Japanese traditions of Kintsugi, bringing in larger split and broken branches, gilding their wood fibers at the wounds with gold colored (brass) foil, and embracing the beauty of the brokenness. Within this gilded woodland environment, we used fine gold colored wire to weave a spider web. The web highlights our interconnectedness, beginning in the center and radiating outward. For a spider, the web creates a whole safe space for patiently waiting.
During the 11-week installation period, in order to bring an additional sense of life, mystery and change to the windows, we activated the installation with a durational performance three times. The subtle, strange performance was its own invitation to re-examine life as it is, explore darkness and transmutation and re-engage nature and our humanity in new and perhaps more meaningful ways. Each activation lasted 3 hours, giving passersby the opportunity to observe for as long or short an amount of time as they like.
March 2 – 6, 2022
Saturday, April 16, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday, April 24, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, April 30, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
May 20 – 21, 2022
There is a long history of women gathering to stitch and support one another. These circles are generative in the sharing of wisdom and in the making of quilts, handspun yarn or knit sweaters. Literally and figuratively they wrap us in warmth. The spider symbolizes the feminine, ancient wisdom and interconnection as well as artistry and manifestation.
We honor our web of connection.
The web is rocking, yet resilient.
We celebrate the tensile strength of the feminine.
You are invited into this creative space and into connection.
Stitch your own square.
Share it on Instagram @cazimi.collab #mending.
We would love to co-create another installation with your stitchwork.
Mail or drop it to
Andover Center for History and Culture
97 Main St. Andover, MA 01810.
Who are we?
We are three local artists, long-time residents, and active members of the Andover community.
We are fortunate to be able to name Andover Center for History & Culture as our host and fiscal agent. The Center gathers and shares Andover’s stories to deepen connections between people and their community.
Who else got involved?
We are immensely grateful to our supporters. Thank you!
Susan and David McCready, Rebecca Backman and Stephen Cotton, Andrea Enman, Andrew McQuide and Beth Biggee, Myra Jean Prelle, Susan Smith, Jessica and David Bunting
You can also send a check, payable to Andover Center for History and Culture with the memo notation “Andover Mending” to 97 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810.
Center staff can also be reached at 978-475-2236 on a limited schedule.
As a 501c3 nonprofit, all donations made to the Andover Center for History and Culture for the Andover Mending: Healing & Resilience project are tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser.