Spread the Love

This is a collaboration between Dominique Karwoski and myself, Tex Jernigan. We teamed up to make a large-scale heart for Valentines day in New Orleans. We enlisted the help of the community to construct a heart of clothes using donated clothing. The clothes will go to various shelters in New Orleans for Valentines Day, 2012.

Thanks to everybody who came! All in all we started with three bags of clothing, and ended up with eleven 60-Gallon bags of clothing. The clothes will go those who need them at shelters in New Orleans.

This project would not have been possible without the help of Bonnie Garrigan and Warren Pope in Mid City, and Alan Joseph Williams of Civic Center & Neighborland.

We've added a few dozen of the photographs below, and you can view the rest of the album on the Facebook Spread the Love album. Each of the photos in the Facebook album should have a "Download" link, that'll let you view them at a higher resolution.

This is just a small selection of the photos from Spread the Love. If you don't see yours, you can view the rest of the pictures on the Facebook Spread the Love album. Each of the photos in the Facebook album should have a "Download" link, that'll let you view them at a higher resolution.

Press & Local Support:

The Mid-City New Orleans Neighborhood Organization features Spread the Love on their site.
The new social service Neighborland shared our project on their handbook!
Defend New Orleans made a post mentioning Spread the Love on their blog.

Watch the mockup video by Tex & Dom:



We put this video together as a way of visualizing the actual process of building the art installation. When it came time to construct the project, Bonnie remarked, "Wow it's just like the model we made, but bigger!"

Promotional Materials

Below are the flyers to promote the event. If you'd like some flyers, email us. Each of the flyers is spray-painted with a red "Spread the Love" stencil. The design of the heart shows the forced-perspective effect, which will cause people who are standing at the back of the heart to look dramatically smaller.

Texs Spread the Love flyers

After making a few of the flyers, it seemed obvious that it would make a good t-shirt. So we started spraying t-shirts, and they look pretty good. We brought the stencil and paint to the event, but we were so busy, and it was so bloody cold, that we didn't make any printed shirts. If you would still like one, feel free to contact us.

Texs Spread the Love Shirts

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