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Ofrenda Unveiling to Showcase Galvestonians’ Personal Revival, Reflections, and Recovery Following Hurricane Ike

The City of Galveston-sponsored “Revival and Reflections” Opening Ceremony and Torch Relay, set for Tuesday, Sept.8, will be highlighted with the unveiling and dedication of the island’s very first ofrenda. This ceremony, unveiling, and dedication will be held at Fort Crockett Park, 4700 Seawall Blvd. in front of the 1900 Storm Sculpture, beginning at 5:30pm. Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas will officiate.

The ofrenda is a hand-crafted exhibit, made of metal in the form of a wave-like structure, designed to showcase individual “offerings” that will be hung/placed on the exhibit. These individual “offerings” - given in tribute or as a memorial to the Gulf of Mexico for all that it gives us and potentially takes away – will be especially significant as it reflect one’s personal loss and/or recovery from Hurricane Ike. The public is encouraged to present their individual piece of art/offering and have it displayed on the ofrenda. Up to 1,500 individual “offerings” can be accommodated on this wave-like structure. Personal “offerings” could include collages, drawings, poetry, photos, letters, or other personal mementoes that relate to one’s survival and recovery from Ike.

The public can bring their piece to this opening ceremony on Sept.8 or anytime after the ceremony. It is planned that the ofrenda will be on display through late October. Instructions as to how to add one’s piece to the sculpture will be provided. The individual “offering” should be no larger than 8” x 11.5”,weigh no more than ½ pound, and must be laminated. Holes need to be punched on all four corners so that it can be mounted to hang on the massive exhibit. Attachment devices to hang the “offerings” will be provided.

The concept of ofrenda is an integral part of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. Ofrenda translated from Spanish to English literally means “offering” and originates from the “Hispanic culture addressing the need to grieve and lay offerings for those people lost and for what they provided to them as an individual.”

“My hope and goal is that this ofrenda will encourage our community to come together and to share individual “offerings” that have helped each of us to survive and recover from this devastating storm,” explained Karla Klay, artist and creator of the “Revival and Reflections” ofrenda.