Maplewood 4th of July Art Project Returns in Full Glory

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The Participatory Community July 4th Art Project under the direction of John Kaufman has become something of a tradition in Maplewood.

Building on the success of 2014’s “FLAG,” the Committee will add a dramatic new American eagle image for 2015.

As with last year’s Pixel/Box FLAG, members of the community of all ages are invited to “Pick a Pixel — Stick to the color — Do what you want!” Folks are invited to claim and reserve a pixel which will be the basis for their own creation. These artworks, to be mounted on a baseball backstop in Memorial Park, will be united in a grand image composed of many individual expressions and techniques.

An American Eagle image will be added this year.

An American Eagle image will be added this year.

The Committee also want to “Fly the Flag Again,” requiring the restoration or reinvention of some of the FLAG pixels. For the FLAG, there are 68 pixels — or large placemat-sized boards — some of which could use some love. Some pixels are missing and may need a new “owner.”

This year’s two assembled artworks will be displayed across the field from one another. Using two opposite backstops will realize “the momentum and visual power of the project,” in John Kaufman’s words.

The project is organized by John Kaufman with sponsorship from Memorial Post 10120 VFW and support from the 1978 Arts Center. To reserve a pixel contact John Kaufman at

To find out more about the Maplewood 4th of July Committee and plans for July 4, 2015, visit

 Click on any image below to see a slideshow of pictures about the project.

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