Beacons of Hope
Beacons of Hope was a multifaceted project by artist Kiana Honarmand that included two free in-person workshops, a temporary public art installation, and a mini-concert. Participants were invited to create colorful paper lanterns which were displayed as a temporary art installation along Embarcadero Road outside of the Palo Alto Art Center. Inspired by the long history of using lanterns in festivals and celebrations in different cultures across the globe, Beacons of Hope utilized light and color while focusing on hope and collective healing by bringing the community together to express themselves through art.
Community members were invited to participate in the project remotely by following the instructions provided by the artist in a tutorial to create a colorful lantern and hang it outside of their house. The lanterns scattered throughout Palo Alto created a sense of connection, wonder, and curiosity, expanding the installation from the Art Center to other neighborhoods in the city.