A bit of inspiration...

The third prompt in my Instagram August Photo A Day Challenge was the simple word "coin."

And I have a confession: I cheated (a little bit). I actually used my mom's photo of this Empire State Building replica made out of pennies. She took this photo over a month ago. 



But never before have I seen a more powerful use of 10,000 pennies. It really is something that needs to be shared. 

This replica is currently on exhibit at my library. It was created by a local actor, Ricardo Zamudio, who was inspired by the tragic events of 9/11. In the wake of the attack, Zamudio was deeply moved by all the missing person signs he saw around the city along with the numerous pennies he found on his way to work one day. 

So he decided to unite these single, seemingly insignificant coins to build a replica of the Empire State Building. Just as the World Trade Center used to be, the Empire State Building continues as a shining symbol of New York pride and solidarity. As Zamudio said, "One penny is meaningless but when put together, pennies, like people, can create something special--a needed reminder after the 2001 attack."

You can read more about his artwork in this article here

So regardless of where you were when the attacks occurred, or how much they affected your life, I think Zamudio's work can be inspiring for all. It's a classic example of strength in numbers. Supporting one another and getting over petty differences is something I think we as a society need to work on. 

Seeing this exhibit at my library always makes me smile. What's inspiring you lately?

xx MD

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

A bit of inspiration...

The third prompt in my Instagram August Photo A Day Challenge was the simple word "coin."

And I have a confession: I cheated (a little bit). I actually used my mom's photo of this Empire State Building replica made out of pennies. She took this photo over a month ago. 



But never before have I seen a more powerful use of 10,000 pennies. It really is something that needs to be shared. 

This replica is currently on exhibit at my library. It was created by a local actor, Ricardo Zamudio, who was inspired by the tragic events of 9/11. In the wake of the attack, Zamudio was deeply moved by all the missing person signs he saw around the city along with the numerous pennies he found on his way to work one day. 

So he decided to unite these single, seemingly insignificant coins to build a replica of the Empire State Building. Just as the World Trade Center used to be, the Empire State Building continues as a shining symbol of New York pride and solidarity. As Zamudio said, "One penny is meaningless but when put together, pennies, like people, can create something special--a needed reminder after the 2001 attack."

You can read more about his artwork in this article here

So regardless of where you were when the attacks occurred, or how much they affected your life, I think Zamudio's work can be inspiring for all. It's a classic example of strength in numbers. Supporting one another and getting over petty differences is something I think we as a society need to work on. 

Seeing this exhibit at my library always makes me smile. What's inspiring you lately?

xx MD

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