Pamela's ArtPrize 2014 Series
The Scarlet Cord
Healing for Sex Trafficked Children
September 24 – October 12 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and forgotten by everybody…that is a much greater hunger.
The Scarlet Cord installation reveals the deception that enslaves innocent children caught in sex trafficking. As visitors step inside a 40-foot storage container filled with thirty doors, they enter a secret world like the dark world of trafficking that crosses religious and social borders to sell our children for sex.
The twisting scarlet cord depicts the trauma bond that connects the children to their traffickers. The weathered doors represent these abused children whose youthful minds have become knotted like old wood.
The artwork—dedicated to these suffering children tethered within the sex industry—calls for compassionate action. Thirty-thousand scarlet cords were given away at ArtPrize 2014 as a reminder to build circles of protection around at-risk children. Following ArtPrize, The Scarlet Cord traveled to Phoenix during the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl to help raise awareness against commercial sex trafficking—our modern day slavery.
Very powerful! Visual and audio. Prosecuting attorney
Entering the container was like entering their world. Professor
I'm not usually into art but this one touched me.
I felt the same emotions at The Scarlet Cord as I did visiting Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam.
Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009
Since 2009, ArtPrize, the world's largest open art competition, draws more than 500,000 visitors to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Veteran ArtPrize artist Pamela Alderman has become known for creating a new kind of artist/viewer work that invites audience collaboration. The work invites individuals into the healing process through participatory art. As visitors engage in the art making, small steps toward healing result. Over ten years of ArtPrize, Alderman's interactive installations, including The Scarlet Cord and Hometown Hero, have touched thousands—one person at a time. This healing art involves you—because you matter!