“Taking Pause” Art Exhibit Spotlight: Unified Voices

July 27, 2021
In "Taking Pause," a public art installation in downtown Princeton, Kathy K. praised the transcendence of singing together. Photo: Robin Resch

“I long for the day when we can gather and make music in person again,” wrote Kathy K., the Princeton Public Health nurse, who misses the magic of singing in her choir. She contemplated the loss—due to coronavirus restrictions—for the Princeton edition of Taking Pause, a public art installation hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton, with support from the Princeton University Humanities Council. Other sponsors include Timothy M. Andrews, Princeton Future, and the Bank of Princeton.

Located in Dohm Alley, near the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets, Taking Pause displays portraits and stories collected by Robin Resch GS ’03 surrounding the question, “What is irreplaceable to you?” Visitors can submit their own responses at takingpause.net.

“The sound that one person makes when they sing is beautiful and singular. But when 100 voices sing their parts together they create a harmony of sound that touches your heart and soul,” Kathy explained. “Sharing the same space as we work towards a common goal is a large part of the enjoyment we gain in being together.”

The full photos and words of Kathy, along with other participants, will be free to view in Dohm Alley through October 16. Each month, the Humanities Council will highlight one community member from the exhibition.

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