Tony Iadicicco, the Executive Director of the Albany Center Gallery, had an idea for Pride 2019 – create a movable interactive art piece and donate it to the Pride Center.
At three different Pride events; the kick-off block party, Black & Latino “Say it Loud, Say it Proud” festival, and the Capital Pride Festival, Tony and his team lugged around 2 giant boards, dozens of gallons of paint, and one very simple idea – collect a mural of over 1,000 handprints from those in the LGBTQ community and allies that came to the Pride events this June to show their support. The result was an amazing display of diversity, inclusion, and a rainbow of love.
Now, this interactive mural has found its forever home at the Pride Center, prominently displayed on the first-floor stairwell wall leading up to the second floor.
The words “Love Wins” emblazoned on one of the four panels conveys the message perfectly. One thousand handprints of love and pride, coming together in one spectacular installation.