Don’t Miss It: Undoing the Knots Event to Draw Hundreds in Anticipation of Papal Visit

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Join us on the plaza in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Saturday, August 8 from 1 to 3 PM. A public art project allows people all over the world to participate in the Pope's US visit.

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, join internationally renowned artist Meg Saligman when she sets up another Undoing the Knots event at the top of the steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. To add to the free, festive and family-friendly atmosphere, there will be live music supplied by the Philadelphia Pan Stars.

Lauded in local and national press as “moving” and “inspirational,” Undoing the Knots is a public art installation that’s part of the larger Mercy and Justice effort. Commissioned by Project HOME and the World Meeting of Families, this massive project commemorates the historic U.S. visit of Pope Francis and reminds us of our duty to help one another. Undoing the Knots will be built in late August outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, and will remain in place through September.

Citizens add their individual struggles to the project by writing anonymous statements on strips of cloth to be woven into an installation for the Papal visit on September 26-27, 2015, where Pope Francis will hold a mass and greet millions.

To date, tens of thousands of strips of cloth have been collected, and the plan is ultimately to collect hundreds of thousands. Saligman will create a huge grotto with the strips, and the structure will be lit from the inside, glowing at night.

The World Meeting’s Hunger and Homeless Committee and Project HOME share The Mercy and Justice effort, inspired by the Pope’s visit to the United States. The Francis Fund and The Act for Justice Campaign approach the knotty issue of social change from every angle.

“The public response has been overwhelming, and we want to give everyone a chance to participate. Kids love it,” said artist Meg Saligman. “Not only are we holding multiple public events like the one in front of the museum, but people can also submit struggles online.” Saligman will be on hand on Saturday, August 8 in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to answer questions from the press and the public.

For more information about Undoing the Knots, visit

About Meg Saligman Studios

Award winning artist Meg Saligman’s combines the classical with the contemporary. Her iconic work is conceived and executed with a master’s skill that consistently breaks new ground and elevates the field of public art. She’s created some of the largest art installations in the world, with works in Mexico City; Tanzania, Africa; Shreveport, Louisiana; Omaha, Nebraska, and her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit Meg’s website.

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