When Melbourne, Australia was devastated by the terrible rape and murder of a local woman named Jill Meagher, the weaving artist Maryann Talia Pau was mulled over a Dr. Martin Luther King quotation: “Returning hate for hate only multiplies hate, adding more darkness to a night already void of stars. Darkness cannot put out darkness, only light and love can do that.” In a beautifully literal expression of a community’s dedication to ending violence, she and her entire community are in the process of constructing a series of star installations titled “1 Million Stars to End Violence” in the Melbourne’s Big Design Market.



Pau has inspired people from all over Australia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands to send in stars for the woven pieces. She has received 10,000 stars thus far and is beginning her second installation. She hopes to reach her goal of 1 million stars. Take a look at John E’s striking photographs of the radiant and ambitious show of support.

Thanks to My Modern Met

Images via My Modern Met

Tagged in: weaving, sexual violence, sexual abuse, rape, maryann talia pau, jill meagher, installation, craft, assault, art, 1 million stars to end violence   

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