Written by Shana Fung
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – Preamble of the United States Constitution
Written during the Constitutional Convention in 1787, this powerful opening statement explains why the Founding Fathers created a constitution, and it expresses the hope they had for their new nation.
Visitors who have stopped by the New-York Historical Society this February School Vacation Week have had the chance to see the opening words of the preamble come to life as New York-based, Jamaican-born artist Nari Ward and his team install a monumental sculpture that uses donated shoelaces to spell out the words “We the People.” Check out some photos of the installation in progress below!
The installation continues through the end of the week and the finished work will remain on view at the Museum, so stop by to see this amazing contemporary art in addition to the collections of the New-York Historical Society.
What does “We the people…” mean to you? While the sculpture is taking shape, museum visitors of all ages are invited to reflect upon and respond to the opening words of the Constitution embodied in Ward’s art piece by writing down their thoughts on a sticky note and adding it to our preamble wall.
Comments spotted on the wall include, “We the people need to care about the environment,” “We the people deserve respect,” and “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, must listen to one another with compassion.” Come add your own sticky note and join the conversation!