Andrea Restrepo’s Lower Elementary Class
Ancestral Dance is a woven sculpture inspired by the kinetic art movement with fibers. This collective creation represents a tribute to abstract art and honors the viewers and their different perspectives. The 4,830 threads are the soul of the work, and their careful assembling makes a dynamic interaction between the audience and the piece. The flow of the threads is an invitation to feel the textures.
The color scheme represents a dance between day and night. The fiery energy of the sun’s rays contrasts with the calming colors of the dark sky.
Ancestral Dance is a salute to our pre-Hispanic ancestors who utilized the art of weaving as a pre-writing form of communication, the Quipu. In many cultures, the collective work with threads strengthens communities playing too, a therapeutic role for individuals. The work of the hands, repetition, exactness, movement, and socialization are some of Dr. Montessori’s pillars, natural tendencies needed for the execution of the piece.