Public Art


Ten Thousand Ripples

Ten Thousand Ripples (TTR) is a multi-platform public arts project, undertaken as a collaboration between artist Indira Freitas Johnson and Changing Worlds. The goal of TTR is to provide the general community with an intense and meaningful public art experience outside of traditional art venues and in doing so act as a catalyst for community conversations and interactions about peace and nonviolence. The emerging Buddha sculptures can be seen all over Chicago in parks, public plazas, alleys, libraries, building lobbies, and abandoned lots.


The Ten Thousand Ripples: Public Art, Peace and Civic Engagement booklet documents the process and impact of this citywide community project.

Download the full booklet which includes essays by:

Pam Ambrose, Director of Cultural Affairs, Loyola University Museum of Art
Tricia Van Eck, Former curator, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Mark Rodriguez, Former Executive Director, Changing Worlds
Indira Freitas Johnson, Lead Artist
Lise McKean, Social anthropologist and writer


"A catalytic symbol can direct thought, prompt associations, and alter perceptions." 

- Indira Johnson, Artist