Memory Bricks

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Memory Bricks
Photo Credit:
Lead Artist(s):
Winnie Owens-Hart

Contributing Artist(s):
Marie Cosgrove-Davies

Julia Siple

Jeannette Yue

Alexandra Krafchek

Delanta Neal

Jeffrey Augustine

Tristan Benjamin

Description:
<p>Artist Winnie Owens-Hart is a native of Halls Hill/High View Park (HHHVP), the neighborhood this park commemorates. Owens-Hart was commissioned to develop artwork reflective of the history and values of this predominantly African-American community. Memory Bricks grew out of ArtsWork, a summer employment program for creative youth. Under the direction of Winnie Owens-Hart, seven apprentices created decorative bricks and organized three community events where residents could also customize their own bricks. Images of Sankofa (a West African symbol representing learning from the past), churches, and bibles were inscribed into the bricks as well as the names of HHHVP residents and ancestors. These images are visual reminders of the neighborhood&rsquo;s past, which now line the oval walkway on the west side of the park.</p>
PROJECT LOCATION

Park
Lee Highway between Cameron and Dinwiddie Streets
Halls Hill High View Park's Gateway Park
1300 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Arlington County Public Art Program
Neighborhood Conservation Program
Virginia Commission for the Arts
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
23,000
under $50K
Custom-made terra cotta bricks
2004
2005