West Chester’s Pride Ceremony
Wilfredo, along with a group from the Northern Westchester LBGTQ community, raised the flags as a monumental message of acceptance across Westchester county. As said by Brian Fassett of Peekskill Pride “We’ve become real. We’ve become accepted. We’ve become honest. We’ve become out in the community, which is very important”. This group has played a major role in the revival of downtown. “The struggle continues, but less than it was I would say 30 years ago,” said Wilfredo Morel (CBS News, 2021).
Tree of Life and Water
In honor of the Hudson Valley and it’s history as an import and export hub, Morel sourced all of the materials for this piece directly from the Hudson river. Through his artistic medium, he tried to bring awareness to the contributions that farmworkers and farms make to society. A great amount of thought about the agricultural industry went into each of his creations. His masterful ability to turn discarded scrap metal into unique, beautiful pieces of art is what helps Wilfredo stand out from the crowd.
The Artistic Process
The Tree’s core, branches, and organically wrapped elements create a constant fluid battle between human industrial movements and nature’s survival. Stretching out from within emerges a human limb gently holding a piece of history; a rivet from the World Trade Center. This 9/11 part to the Tree symbolizes mankind embracing structure; it’s the harmony, appreciation, and respect we need to pay to our planet. After all, we can only create the abundance we have from what it provides.