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Ten Thousand Ripples

Spreading Peace through Chicago Area Neighborhoods


About the Project

Ten Thousand Ripples (TTR) is a collaborative public art, civic engagement and peace project. It uses art as a catalyst to foster dialogue about peace and nonviolence and create innovative solutions to address contemporary social issues. Through TTR, artists, neighborhood leaders and residents are at the heart of community-driven planning and public involvement efforts.

At the center of TTR are 100 fiberglass and cement Buddha heads designed by Indira Freitas Johnson and installed in sites in various Chicago area neighborhoods. The locations are chosen by stakeholders in each community who are also planning and implementing related artistic programming.

Lead Artist and Agency

TTR is a partnership between artist Indira Freitas Johnson and Changing Worlds, the lead organization in a consortium of local community, social service, educational and cultural organizations.


 Fall 2012  Spring 2013                    Fall 2014
 Albany Park  Back of the Yards            Bridgeport
 Pilsen  Evanston                         Lincoln Park
 Rogers Park  Little Village
 South Chicago  North Lawndale
 Uptown  Loop

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TTR in the News: Chicago Tribune