The Beckoning of Lovely

Last Friday was, as you know, 11.11.11 - just another Friday for many, but for Amy Krouse Rosenthal, it marked the final movement of her much anticipated project The Beckoning of Lovely - a film and collective mission described as "an interactive love letter to the universe."  Amy Krouse Rosenthal is an artist, New York Times bestselling author, and NPR contributor who likes to make things and encourages others to do the same, in hopes of changing the world for the better.

It all started on 08.08.08, where Amy invited all of her readers/followers/anyone to join her at the Bean for the first movement of The Beckoning of Lovely and the beginning of this grand gesture of love.  The Beckoning of Lovely gatherings continued on 09.09.09 and 10.10.10, each time gaining followers and intrigue.  Amy decided that the 11.11.11 gathering at the Bean would be the conclusion to her project (or rather, the beginning...), challenging all of us to continue the movement in our own way.

I had forgotten about Amy's 11.11.11 gathering until just last week and decided this was definitely something I wanted to be a part of.  So at 11:11am last Friday, a couple hundred of us gathered at the Bean, awaiting that first glimpse of Amy KR and her now famous yellow umbrella.

I won't bore you with a play-by-play of our hour-long gathering, but it was indeed lovely. If I've successfully peaked your interest, you can read the entire script here (video footage of the day coming soon).  But just to give you a sense of our collective love letter, here are a few things we "made" together:

Amy's friend Jackson Froelich kicked it off with some pretty awesome back flips.

And so together we pledged,

I pledge allegiance
to a life zig and zagged
and to our united mates of miracles
and to this great public
together we stand
What a sensation
a wee bit odd
may it be
wondrous for all.

We sang "Happy Birthday" to all the 11.11.11 birthday celebrators out there, including a special boy turning 11 years old on 11.11.11.  And then we did a little synchronized texting, all sending a text saying "I Love You" to someone we love at the same moment.

Artist and musician Nick Gage performed a song he composed for the project called "Dream" (because we're all really just a bunch of dreamers with our heads in the clouds...did you know the real name for the Bean is Cloudgate?).

We had a lot of fun together.  And we "made" some pretty cool stuff.  The complete Beckoning of Lovely film is posted on YouTube in five movements.  You can find it here

I would like to thank Amy Krouse Rosenthal and all the other "makers" out there for recognizing the potential of the human connection and for acting on the conviction to make something lovely, together.  

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