Wind-blown Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) tree

Blown by winds of change, a lone iconic tree bends while rooted to the earth. Metaphorically, this image represents both the difficult challenges and the encouraging possibilities of real change.

a Leaf of Remembrance installation

Another aspect of this project is embodied in clusters of ‘leaves’ that appear to have blown out of the iconic sculptural ‘tree’.  These individually-crafted elements will be embedded in the sidewalk throughout the city grid as an homage to the fallen.  These leaves of remembrance draw attention, in both a performative and contemplative personal way, to the gravity and pervasiveness of the issue.

WPA

Installing Leaves of Remembrance outside Noel House/Bakhita Gardens             Installation will involve a series of ‘rolling workshops’ designed as a WPA-style public works training program.  Small teams of artist/activists will install the small leaf-like memorial plaques with names of individuals who have died while homeless throughout the City grid in the right-of-way.  Interviews with participants are being compiled as part of sound collage for a series of podcasts and broadcasts.


 

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