CORAL SPRINGS, FL - On Feb. 14, the second anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, 18 photo and essay displays will be unveiled in a Parkland park showing how people are recovering through “resilience and healing” from the horror of that day.
It’s called “The Big Picture: Resilience,” and more specifically, it will document the process through the eyes and words of five high school students and adults and a team of professional photographers and audio and visual experts.
The work is the last of the five “Power of Art” large-scale temporary public art installations in Coral Springs and Parkland. The projects were made possible by a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies aimed at bringing cities together through art and reflection following the 2018 Valentine Day’s tragedy at the Parkland high school.
“The idea is to bring out all the emotions,” said Carl Juste, an award-winning photojournalist for the Miami Herald who worked with another photographer, radio producer, and graphic designer on “The Big Picture: Resilience” project. “We wanted bring this experience out into the public so people can engage with it.”
Juste and his team discussed the project Tuesday night at Coral Springs Museum of Art in front of local officials and other supporters.
Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook said the project, along with the other four installations, helped people unite in the wake of the shooting.
“I’m humbled that our communities have come together in love and healing,” he said.
Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky agreed: “It’s been incredibly moving and a way to connect with the communities.”
The black-and-white photos – along with their essays -- will be displayed on eight-foot by four-foot panels at Pine Trials Park in Parkland from Feb. 14 through May.
The team working with Juste did four workshops last summer with the project participants. The people selected for the project spent months documenting their stories, and Juste and his colleagues photographed the participants as a way to show the totality of the project.
“The act of resilience is not a single act,” Juste said. “It’s a collective act.”