Philadelphia Artists Create Knotty Exhibit For Pope’s Visit

Artists in Philadelphia have collected more than 30,000 knots representing life's daily struggles for an exhibit honoring the pope. The knots will be housed in a grotto next to the city's Roman Catholic cathedral. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the basilica on Sept. 26 during his two-day visit.

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Artist Meg Saligman pushes a mock-up of an art installation at her studio in Philadelphia. The exhibit will be in the shape of a latticed grotto and will greet Pope Francis and millions of others when they travel to Philadelphia this fall.
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Meg Saligman shows knots tied to the exhibit that will honor the pope when he visits Philadelphia this fall.
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The installation was inspired by one of the pontiff's favorite paintings, "Mary, Undoer of Knots.'' It shows Mary untangling a long ribbon -- a symbol for smoothing life's difficulties.
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People wrote their personal struggles on more than 30,000 strips of cloth and knotted them. Participants were also invited to untie someone else's knot to share that person's hardship.
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The knots will be housed in a grotto next to Philadelphia's Roman Catholic cathedral. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the basilica on Sept. 26 during his two-day visit.
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