Volunteers Create Giant Rugs to Hold Community Together

UPDATED 11/17/20

If you have large rooms, you’ll need some giant rugs to put on the floors for decoration. Many people choose a thick rug as the best carpet for bare feet. A rug that is nice and thick provides cushioning for your entire foot. Rugs are so popular because they both look great and are easy to clean. Many companies offer area rug cleaning, so you can send your rugs out to be cleaned instead of keeping them on the floor like wall-to-wall carpets.

If you’re looking for a rug, the best deals on area rugs online are often seasonal and annual sales that will price a large room carpet at far lower than the regular price. Whether you need a green and white carpet, a neutral carpet, or any other color, varying in shape and size, there are area rugs to meet your specific needs. Rugs are a great way to add color and texture to a room. They are comfortable to walk on and help make the area cozier. Choosing an area rug comes with so many choices that it may be difficult to pick the one that is best for your rooms. But if you know just what you want, you will be able to find it.

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, community volunteers are working together to create something huge. As part of the Mural Speaks! project, dozens of volunteers arrived at Van Eps Park to begin weaving a giant rug and to offer their services as translators. The goal is to translate William Carlos Williams’ poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” into every language spoken in Sioux Falls, and to read it aloud in Meldrum Park in 2016.

Meldrum Park was chosen because it’s the site of a mural, painted in 2013, titled “The World Comes to Whittier.” The mural depicts a diverse community of people from various backgrounds working together and interacting. Radcliffe Institute Fellow Ben Miller organized the project, inspired by the mural to showcase the diversity of small towns.

Translators from Sioux Falls and all over the world have been invited to translate the poem into their native languages.

“In an outpouring of support from beyond the Plains, translations have been donated by a cutting-edge composer based in Canada; an artificial intelligence expert from Padua, Italy; a professional landscaper residing in Watertown, Mass.; a leading Israeli biologist; a Harvard music professor; an L.A. actress who appeared in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’; a young poet in Jakarta, Indonesia; a famous Australian historian and many more individuals,” Miller told the Argus Leader.

Volunteers have incorporated the creation of three giant rugs into the project, which will require the assistance of more people as they grow larger. The rugs are being woven from waterproof material donated by local company Raven Aerostar, which creates balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Most rugs need to be professionally cleaned with special solvents, especially if they are damaged, antiques, or extremely valuable. However, area rug cleaning for these rugs couldn’t be easier. The waterproof material means that, unlike oriental rug cleaning, taking care of the volunteer-woven rugs could be as simple as hosing off debris and dirt. Three rugs are planned, and may take up to two years to complete. Once they are finished, the rugs are likely to be installed at Falls Park.

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