"Honoring our veterans and those with invisible wounds"

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Yellow Ribbon Artist Statement

Military families tie yellow ribbons around trees to represent empathy and support for soldiers returning home; the yellow ribbon also symbolizes suicide prevention. Expanding these traditions, Yellow Ribbon consists of three wooden trees designed by the artist with the hands-on involvement of the veteran community. The broken-looking trees feature stories of resilience despite PTSD and soldier suicide, battles still being fought. ArtPrize audience members will write notes of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy and tie yellow ribbons on the branches to show solidarity. Following ArtPrize, the Blue Star Mothers will send the uplifting notes to deployed soldiers and the healing ribbons to grieving families to remind them of their community that supports them.