United Way Winnipeg, Winnipeg Arts Council & City of Winnipeg

YOU YOU + YOU is an instrument played with others and informed by the idea of community participation so central to the United Way. On a vast wall is an illuminated and graphic image, the braille for Y O U.

Hand prints invite you to touch talking stick, each print triggering a note on the pentatonic scale. A melody is created as more people join in and many notes are played. Each hand print is also linked to a light on the wall – so that the music becomes visible. The braille refers to the ‘you’ that participates in community; the braille also includes and excludes, a reminder about acceptance. The artwork is a metaphor for giving voice to people, for the role of United Way, and refers to the imagery of hands, long associated with United Way.