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a public art project by Charlie Brouwer and the Community of Kingsport, TN
Sponsored by: City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Tennessee Arts Commission
September 25 - November 13, 2017
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About the Project
Borrowed ladders, rising together in a temporary public art project that involves, engages and is about the Kingsport Community
Rise Together Kingsport is a project by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, and artist Charlie Brouwer. The project provides an opportunity for everyone and every part of the community to participate in creating a sculpture about the combined hopes and dreams that depend on each other to be Kingsport. Individuals, families, organizations, schools, churches, and businesses will all be invited to lend ladders (symbols of their hopes and dreams) to be connected together in a monumental sculpture towering in front of the Renaissance Center and spilling across its lawn to Center St.
The ladders can be real extension and stepladders, or any form or size of ladder – including handmade ladders from any material. The ladders can be as creative or expressive, or as plain as the owners want them to be. The process of gathering the ladders beginning on Sept. 25 and building the sculpture (completion on Oct. 14) will be a grand celebration of community! It will remain on exhibit until November 13 when it will be dismantled and all ladders returned (unharmed!) to their owners.
The artist, Charlie Brouwer has led similar projects in 13 other U.S. communities from Greensboro, NC to St. Louis, MO – for information and a video see: http://www.risetogether.info/index.html
Here’s the plan:
Questions? – email: BonnieMacdonald@KingsportTN.gov or call: 423.392.8414
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