Tag Archives: hearts

we’re getting married!

2 Dec

kelly&sam

I know we’ve been pretty quiet lately, but we’ve been extra busy with many things, the biggest one being our wedding! We had already decided to get married on the first day it was legal if marriage equality passed in Washington, so once we found out it was a done deal, we only had about a month to plan.

We did a couple of small (he)art bombings in November, one at a private residence and one at a book reading. The project has been on the back burner a little, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about it every day.

We read about a mass wedding on December 15 in the state capitol building, and we are seriously considering driving up to Olympia to pass out hearts to all of the newlyweds and to give the city a fresh (he)art bombing. We’ll let everyone know if and when we decide that we are definitely going.

The biggest plans we have in the works is a trip down to San Francisco to (he)art bomb the bay area. We are so committed to this trip happening that the only wedding present we are asking for is contributions to our travel fund. We really hope we can meet our goal in a couple of months. If you can donate any amount, large or small, or help us spread the word, we would be very grateful.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us.

(he)art bombing: seattle

30 Oct

After (he)art bombing Olympia, of course we had to go up to Seattle. I think we could spend an entire week hanging hearts up there and still not go everywhere we’d like to go. As it is, we hung about 200 hearts in the downtown area.

We started at Pioneer Square. There were lots of tour groups coming through and out of town visitors wandering by. A friendly couple from Yosemite had a nice chat with Kelly. We were also delighted to have help from Kelly’s friend Laura.

Then we did some wandering about and hanging more hearts.

Of course no trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to Pike Street Market.

Finally, we figured the Seattle Art Museum could use a little extra art.

(he)art bombing: olympia

29 Oct

Last weekend we drove up to the Puget Sound area to (he)art bomb Olympia and Seattle. We hung almost 400 hearts in total. It’s amazing how much work it can be and how long it can take to hang that many hearts – and the realization of what a tiny fraction of each city we covered after hanging them was rather humbling.

Saturday we (he)art bombed downtown Olympia. It’s been our goal from the beginning to do at least one (he)art bomb in Olympia since it is the state capitol and the starting place for all of the ups and downs of our fight for marriage equality in Washington this year. We appreciate what the legislature did for us, and we have agonized over the past few months about how the upcoming vote will turn out. Depending on how close the vote is, in a week and a half Kelly and I may know if we can get married or not. It is exciting and nerve-wracking and many other things all at once.

We started at Heritage Park, just a stone’s throw from the capitol building. It’s a lovely park with a nice walking path around a small lake. The weather did not cooperate most of the time – wind, rain, hail, and biting cold temperatures – but we did our installation anyway. We hung about 100 hearts at the park altogether.

Then we went to the capitol campus and hung a few hearts. Coincidentally, there was a wedding party having their photos taken on the steps of the Legislative Building. Kelly made sure to give a heart to the bride – it just seemed right.

Then we wandered around downtown for a while just hanging hearts wherever we pleased.

And finally, on our way out of town and on to Seattle, we stopped at a church that we just happened to pass that had multiple signs and banners supporting marriage equality and the LGBTQ community. We (he)art bombed them as a way of saying thank you to a bunch of strangers who didn’t know us but were fighting for our rights.

hearts: from katie

24 Oct

Katie, a local artist and mother of two adorable sons, is all about love and family. She is well known for her many paintings of all kinds of families. Katie spends lots of time with her boys doing all kinds of things, including fun in the kitchen. She sent in a couple of great photos of her boys having fun with their hearts.

 

“love is a radical act” by sage

23 Oct

Zinester and distro owner Sage wrote this great blog post about Love is a Radical Act and what she’s doing with the hearts she bought.

Love is a Radical Act is an art installation created by Sam and Kelly. The ceramic hearts they made symbolize that loving one another for who they are is a radical act, and I couldn’t agree more. Allowing people to be themselves is the true act of love. I knew I wanted to participate in this awesome creative movement as soon as a friend had shared the website link on her Facebook page.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Big thanks to Sage for participating and for sharing the project with others. We hope you’ll be part of the project too!

hearts: from alicia

16 Oct

I was delighted to get a photo in my inbox from one of the attendees at the Purple Lights Ceremony. Alicia took her heart and hung it on a paperbox on campus at WSU-V. Thanks, Alicia!

hearts: from derrick & kurt

15 Oct

Recently we spent an afternoon with Derrick and Kurt, a delightful couple from California. They have been together just shy of 20 years. They are also one of the lucky couples that got to marry legally, in 2008, before Prop 8 passed.

Derrick and Kurt love to play tennis together, so they hung a couple of hearts at the park in North Hollywood where they play tennis weekly. Thanks for bringing Love is a Radical Act to California!

front page news

15 Oct

We’re super excited to be on the front page of today’s paper talking about marriage equality and Love is a Radical Act. This Saturday’s installation up in Olympia (and Sunday in Seattle) will be our biggest action before the election. Thanks to everyone for supporting those who engage in the radical act of love.

domestic violence awareness month at ywca

15 Oct

Earlier this month, we were invited to pass out hearts and share about Love is a Radical Act at the YWCA as part of their Purple Lights Ceremony, an event that raises awareness about domestic violence in our community and beyond. We were happy to share the message that with all of the hurtful relationships out there, we should always celebrate all families that are truly loving and supportive. Please, if any of your relationships are hurtful, do what needs to be done to fix it or leave.

 

upcoming installations: seattle & olympia

10 Oct

We are excited to announce our first out-of-town installations! We will be in Olympia on Saturday, October 20, and Seattle on Sunday, October 21. Please join us!

As always, we stand for families and loving relationships of all kinds, but we are especially interested in promoting marriage equality during these installations, especially in Olympia, the heart of Washington politics and law.