And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love

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Last week I was asked by my good friends and favorite client Amphibian Stage to participate in a send-off celebration of Pride month. They invited their friends and collaborators from the LGBTQ community to create a piece with no specific parameters as to content. Amphibian promised us to share what …

new york branding sports graphic design firm

Last week I was asked by my good friends and favorite client Amphibian Stage to participate in a send-off celebration of Pride month. They invited their friends and collaborators from the LGBTQ community to create a piece with no specific parameters as to content. Amphibian promised us to share what we wanted to share, something meaningful either scripted of improvised – a monologue, song, poem, dance, personal message.

Since I first saw Lin-Manuel Miranda famous speech about love the night he won a Tony for Best Original Score for the musical Hamilton, I’ve always wanted to do something with those words. The sonnet he wrote for this occasion was a poignant and meaningful gesture in response to the mass shooting of 49 people at an LGBTQ club in Orlando, Florida that had happened the night before. Miranda’s sonnet showed the world the healing power of love in the face of darkness in an elegant, beautiful, and exceptionally powerful way. The climax read:

And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love;
Cannot be killed or swept aside.

With that in mind, using a permanent ink pen on a Bristol vellum surface paper, I improvised a “Love is Love” composition. Additionally, written in the piece are the names of 100 of the most famous LGTBQ authors in history. The spontaneous typographic line painting was captured in a time-lapse and edited to the elegant, avant-garde song “You Hide It” composed by my talented musician friend Andrea Cortese.