Today, people have more opportunities to connect with one another than ever before. The internet, paired with today’s smart devices, allows us to engage with people around the globe through instant messages, social media, video chats, and more. Pat Perry celebrates this in his project Opening Lines. “All different types of people are colliding constantly, almost everywhere; this is the world now . . .,” the artist says. The Detroit artist partnered with students living 5,649 miles apart to paint murals in Maine, above, and in Iraq, below.
Students and teachers from fifth-grade classes in Slemani, Iraq, and Biddeford, Maine, collaborated with Perry to create a public mural in each region. First, the students video chatted to learn about one another’s cultures. Perry worked with them to design doodles representative of their lives that he would include in the murals.