The Milwaukee Center for Independence, a non-profit community-based organization, has been responding to the increasing and changing requirements of people with special needs since 1938. Their more than 50 innovative programs assist people with special needs of all ages – from infants to senior citizens – and touch more than 10,000 lives each year. MCFI asked Peggy Brown to lead a project involving all its clients, from toddlers to seniors, to create a sculptural installation in the atrium of their headquarters.

Peggy originated the concept of the “Ball of Sunshine” – a series of hanging spherical sculptures that catch the light and the imagination of everyone who encounters it. Many clients of MCFI, of all ability levels, contributed to the sculpture by drawing on clear plastic cups with colored markers, and the combination of hundreds of these individual masterpieces, held together with simple binder clips, resulted in truly inspired collective works of art. These sculptures capture and radiate sunshine, both literally and figuratively.

The simplicity of materials and construction, mixed with the artwork of so many diverse and wonderful people, make it a rich and elegant public art installation that speaks to the souls of all who participated in the project, and radiate the positive essence of MCFI.