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This fence just appeared in front of City, O' City. It marks the start of a weekend full of events hosted by LINK (Letting in New Knowledge) Denver, which will bring together artists and activists "dedicated to showing the world that Art and Creativity are invaluable to freedom and the human experience." At 6 p.m. tonight, the community will gather outside this "Chain Link" installation, an active memoria altar. And from 2 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, right upstairs from "Chain Link," Deer Pile will host a multitude of performances in connection with Link to Fight Fear. You can find out more information at linkdenver.org, and in the meantime, here's the word on the altar from the organizers:
An Altar to Alter
The chain link fence has become the ubiquitous symbol of tragedy. It has become the altar in which we mourn the people slaughtered by the unhinged, the angry, the rattlesnakes in the nursery. The chain link fence holds the teddy bears that the dead can no longer hug.
This altar, erected on December 11, 2015 on 13th and Sherman in Denver, CO, is a place to show solidarity and empathy for a world in pain.
• An altar for those whose lives were cut short by bombs and guns.
• An altar to show solidarity for those who have been born into a system of oppression and are persecuted by those who are sworn to serve and protect.
• An altar to show solidarity for those who left their homes to seek refuge from atrocity and are greeted with closed doors.
• An altar to serve as a reminder that the land we stand on was not gifted to us; it was taken by treacherous means.
This altar serves as a message to those who assume our ignorance and apathy; OUR EYES ARE WIDE OPEN. We see those who profit from pain. We are aware of those who promote fear as a means of control. You will not divide us. Our love recognizes no nations, no religions, no genders, and no economic status. Our love is boundless and eternal.
Please leave something on this altar in homage to those near and far who have been cut down in acts of violence and oppression. Leave something on this altar to show you are not afraid.