Cultural Chain Cube Project
The Cultural Chain Cube Project (CCC) is an innovative sculpture-based project that is based on two
main concepts: environmentalism and multiculturalism.
Through arts activities and discussions, students,
under the artistic direction of professional artist Ibrahim Rashid, explore the dualistic relationships between humanity and the environment. Students build a large-scale wooden sculpture that features wooden cubes (constructed and decoratively painted by the youth) resting upright on each other in a linked argyle pattern. This structure is then placed on a wooden base, which is painted with
environmental symbols and icons. The format expresses the notion that although each nation has a distinct cultural identity, we are conceptually “linked” through the reality that we all share the same natural elements.
To date AFCY has four existing cultural cube sculptures in four Rexdale Public Schools. Essentially, through this project we have generated a conceptual connection between the schools, linking them artistically. In many ways the project operates on the concept of a chain letter. After each CCC project, we aim to repeat the project (however, modified to suit the needs of the new school) at a nearby school, in the effort to propagate the cultural chain.
This program also features a Community Sharing Program. At each program an extra cube is made, and donated to a community service organization. Thus far, public libraries and hospitals are among the recipients of art from Cultural Chains.