In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), a nonprofit organization that helps returning wounded veterans and their families successfully adjust back to civilian life, local artists from the Slade Project have donated a custom work of art that was unveiled at the second annual Carry Forward Awards® presented by Bank of America, at Club Nokia at L.A. Live, October 10, 2013.
“Wounded Warrior Project expressed their desire for us to capture the essence of the organization, its members, core values, as well as the 10th Anniversary,” said Dustin Slade, Founder of Slade Project. “We wanted to honor that request in every detail of the mixed media.”
The Slade's collaborated with executives from WWP who gathered materials for the artwork that are part of the overall composition. The focal points of the 48’ x 72’ piece include the Wounded Warrior Project logo, actual warrior photos and maps, beliefs, quotes, and writings, underpinned by a theme of patriotism.
As part of the project, the Slade’s filmed every step of the artwork creation process and have edited it down to a short time lapse video, which will be released publicly sometime in the near future.
“From the hearts of the Slade Family to the hearts of the soldiers and their families, we dedicate this token of recognition and appreciation to the warriors who have made so many sacrifices that will affect our lives forever, said C.W. Slade. “We are honored to unveil the artwork at the Awards Event."
The Carry Forward Awards is a campaign to recognize passionate individuals, culminating with an awards celebration fundraising event. Funds raised at the event will further Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) programs and build awareness of the needs of injured service members and their families.