The „Avenue of Encounters“ is an art event set to take place on the banks of the Rhine River on both August 25 and 26. The trunks of the trees growing in the area will be draped with colored fabric and creations including paintings, objects d’art, photographs and other media, their purpose to convey the thoughts and emotions of those who created them. But it’s the people who have taken part in the act of building and drawing these objects on display who lie at the heart of this endeavor.

In this central and public location by the Rhine in Mainz, the issues and the people themselves will come together. It’s a fitting venue for those living on the margins of society, who all too often remain invisible.

The Alameda Project Group is comprised of six persons: artists, social workers and individuals supporting initiatives tackling racism. The project was initiated by the organization „Armut und Gesundheit e.V.,“ based in Mainz.

The public atelier is open from noon to 6 p.m. on both days and takes place under the plane trees by the Rhine near the „Schlosstor.“ Visitors and passers-by are encouraged to stop and actively participate in the event by creating works of art as a means of expression of their own thoughts and wishes.

The public atelier opens at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 with a modest celebration. The artwork comprising the “Avenue of Encounters” will remain on public display through Sunday evening.