Above: A detail portion of "Aequilibrium", one of the murals currently in progress for The Messengers Collection, powerfully portrays an upcoming phase of our human journey, which has been foretold in countless myths.
The Untold Story
Hence, at this time more than perhaps any other time in our history, - where so many feel like ships without sails on a relentless sea - it is crucial to create new myths that expose the truth of our existence, inspire hope and give us a sense of.
On the surface level The Messengers is designed to be a self-sustaining world-touring art exhibit that visitors would walk through like any traditional museum exhibit, - albeit, this unique exhibit shows art in an entirely fresh and original way, as the event's classically rendered mural-size paintings are also animated - which gives a sense of the art coming to life.
However, on a deeper level, this collection of works is intended to powerfully and viscerally portray a theory of our true human odyssey which has been largely hidden for eons from our understanding as a collective humanity.
The word Mythopoeia means myth-making. The word was coined by J. R. R. Tolkien in his book by the same name - which takes the position that mythology contains spiritual and foundational truths, while myth-making is a "creative act" that helps narrate and disclose those truths.
And as Joseph Campbell describes; "Throughout the inhabited world, in all times and under every circumstance, the myths of man have flourished; and they have been the living inspiration of whatever else may have appeared out of the activities of the human body, mind, [and spirit]."
C. S. Lewis embellishes a deeper understanding of myth by saying: "All good allegory exists not to hide but to reveal; to make the inner world more palpable by giving it an imagined concrete embodiment. When allegory is at its best, it approaches myth, which must be grasped with the imagination, ... not the intellect."
And last but not least, universally renowned scientist Albert Einstein expands this point further in saying; "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
The power of myths and storytelling is undeniable by even the most skeptical of minds. We line up for blocks to see the latest epic film - to momentarily live out a "palpable" experience - and hopefully gain an expanded view and understanding of life. Truly, the world would be the drabbest place without art, music, prose, and film.
Unfortunately, while all myth was intended to convey truth, many key aspects in our world's mythic stories have been altered or manipulated over time to lead us astray to completely opposite understandings. Myth in general has also been played down to be purely fictional - devoid of any substantial truth -- which could not be further from reality.
Hence, especially in these times of challenge and unrest, where so many feel like ships without sails on a tumultuous sea, contributions that resurrect our sense of unity, quench our thirst for hope, and graciously lift our spirits are more than welcomed, for they may in fact be the very essential foundation of our future existence.
The Messengers strives to do this, knowing that all throughout time art has been one of the most powerful vehicles to change the way we see ourselves in the world and universe - as its message reaches us on a universal and visceral place beyond the mind and intellect.
"The Messengers takes art to the level of a spiritual experience."
~ Positive Impact Magazine
Above: "Between Two Worlds", a revivified version of the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades, that takes us to a profoundly deeper meaning.
"Thomas Christian Wolfe's art has universal appeal."
~ State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
The Director and Team
International artist, muralist, and director Thomas Christian Wolfe believes art is at its highest when used to remind us of our undeniable inter-connectedness and inspire us to our greater potentials. His altruistic vision for The Messengers came from an epiphany on Valentine's Day morning 2011. Knowing this vision is too vast for one person to create alone he reached out and immediately gained the alliance of some of the world's top artists, writers, and musicians, -- who all felt the power of this inspired and unparalleled use of art.
Wolfe and his team are all too familiar with creating sensationalism due to their combined experience of working on some of our most renowned epic films, such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and many more. Yet, while the intention is to create a phenomenal event - it's not for the sake of mere sensationalism, - but to use art as a means to present true depth and impact in awakening our consciousness as a collective humanity.
A Key Purpose / Being an Agent of Change
Additionally, this event has huge financial-generating capabilities. You exit the exhibit via a "museum" store that will offer numerous theme-related commodities, - which have been designed to not only create the funds needed for producing the next exhibit of The Messengers, but, to also provide the ability to offer significant funding to the arts and under-privileged.
Some Additional Notes
This one-of-a-kind event is slated to debut Spring/Summer of 2022. As Julia Melanie Vaughns conveys: "The Messengers represents a new mastery in storytelling. Once in a generation a new art form emerges that revolutionizes the way that humans see themselves in the Universe. The Messengers Event is this new art form."
All aspects of the arts, such as storytelling, painting, music-making, and film-making, are transformative when they are devoted to precipitating constructive individual and social change; expanding our perceptions of life to greater horizons beyond our normal ways of thinking; and ideally inspiring us to achieve our greater potentials.
The Messengers project is a result of Wolfe's dedication to using his creativity for this sole purpose of inspiring humanity. The artist combines the triumvirate of art, music, and prose to revivify many of our most potent myths and archetypes ... giving them new life to unveil the all but forgotten truer meanings and messages within these wellsprings of wisdom and guidance to humanity.
In seeing our timeless myths exclusively on an external level they have largely been reduced to what Merriam-Webster defines as being "an unfounded or false notion". To the contrary, C. S. Lewis conveys to us a deeper understanding in describing how myth must be grasped with the imagination more than via the intellect. Hence, myth is actually timeless truth merely contained within an archetypal story to give us a sense of affinity. Thus, The Messengers endeavors to "reveal" the untold story.
Above: "Adamas" portrays the inception of mankind, fallen angels as it were, and the challenge they must encounter during this worldly sojourn.