"THE DAY" - "OF HOPE FULFILLED"Pointillism 64x64 inches acrylic on canvas 1994
The Day is the seventh and final painting in Rubin's visual poem
about a spring sunrise on Chicago's shore of Lake Michigan.
It is one of Rubin's greatest expressions of joy.
Since spring 1994 it has served as a
National Symbol of Hope for a Cure to HIV/AIDS.
Additional History In 1994 "The Day" became a symbol of hope for the cure to HIV/AIDS
2019, the Sunday before Mother's Day, will mark the 25th anniversary of the first National Day of Hope for the cure to HIV/AIDS.
Marc Rubin was asked in 1993 to make a painting including Yellow Daffodils that were known to be painted by the artist as his symbol of joy and hope in his landscape paintings depicting spring. The man who asked was Stephen Donovan a founder of AIDS Walk. He wished to renew HIV/AIDS awareness by wrapping the Red AIDS Ribbon around Rubin's well known daffodils. Rubin created a 64 inch x 64 inch painting in his already well known form of Post Impressionist - Geoges Seurat's Pointillism with daffodils depicted in a contrasting style and titled it, "The Day of Hope Fulfilled". The first event in 1994 included the display of the painting in tandem with a large number of AIDS Quilts ("Names Project") and the launch of a new symbol, Red Ribbons tied onto Yellow Daffodils (real or silk). An image of the painting and an image of the new symbol was sent out across America by a small but potent group of volunteers. A documentary including the painting and new symbol was filmed, "Hope - waiting for the cure". Stephen Donovan enjoyed coalescing AIDS Charities to use the event day to come together in a public display to the public at large. During the four active event years in Chicago the volunteers of "The National Day of Hope" assisted in fund raising for AIDS charities and renewing public AIDS awareness, testing and safe sex practices. In its second year the volunteer director expanded Day of Hope events into 27 states. The first major Midwest AIDS Charity for Hispanics was birthed. The painting and the events were recorded by the Chicago Historical Society and a special lithograph of the work was included into the Museum's archive. Marc Rubin has retained the painting to assure free use of the painting/image copyright for charitable organizations. There are still many large displays of yellow spring daffodils in Chicago whose planting was inspired by The National Day of Hope.
Footnote: In 1996 the "City of Hope", California, participated and also tied a pink ribbon to the yellow daffodil for Breast Cancer awareness and hope for a cure
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