Artist aims to capture Rochester’s LGBTQIA+ community through mosaic

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – In an effort to bring representation to the LGBTQ+ community here in Rochester, Carrie Gault has been chosen to create a piece called “Heartline.”

The organizers created the idea in 2021 and launched a public art competition to find an artist to create an artwork showcasing the history and life of the gay and lesbian community.
Gault says Rochester is a perfect place — and says this will be the first of many fact-finding missions as she travels from Virginia to learn more about the people here.

“To me, that’s what public art should be,” Gault said. “Studio work is one thing, that’s what I try to see myself, but public art should really be about the community and involve the community, and I really like that part of the process, so it’s It’s a lot. It’s fun for me to be able to come here and see it and meet people and hope that comes to fruition with the art once it’s done.

Gault conducts research and offers these community engagement sessions to gather materials and stories to help create his works. She says it will be a series of mirrored panels and mosaics.

Gault hopes to install the project in Union Square in the spring of 2023.

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