"Art is..." Doorknob Hangers
- Alexandria artist, Linda Hesh, hung 3,000 white paper doorknob hangers on homes and businesses in the Del Ray and Potomac West areas of the City of Alexandria, VA. The doorknob hangers might at first glance seem like your typical advertising vehicle promoting a restaurant or dry cleaner, but each piece of 4.25”x 11” piece of white card stock will display one of four short poetic phrases:
Art is to See Art is to Feel Art is to Do Art is to Know
The bold, black type is large enough that you can read the words from across the street, making each home one part of a 3,000 house installation. It's an artwork constructed of many small pieces that add up in size to an area of over 100 blocks.
Linda Hesh lives and maintains a studio in Alexandria, VA. Her artwork is in collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Library of Congress. Last year she received an award in Recognition for Community Engagement in Public Art from the Americans for the Art for a similar project of doorknob hangers. Her upcoming projects include traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia to participate in a temporary public art festival.