Installation at City Barn Community Garden, 3512 Vine StreetPrayer Flags for Cincinnati Acrylic on found fabrics 2017
Founded in 2008 on the site of an empty lot, the City Barn Community Garden is owned by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and sits at the juncture of Avondale, Clifton and Corryville neighborhoods. The community garden provides beautifully maintained public green space with perennial plants and flowers as well as houses 10 large raised planting beds, which are rented and maintained by neighborhood families. Three smaller gardening beds are utilized by Summer Sprouts, community programming that teaches area children ages 8-12 how to grow and cook local, fresh food.
Prayer Flags for Cincinnati was a collaborative project featuring the perspectives and input of local Cincinnati residents which inspired both the themes and images of the flags created as well as their locations of installation. The homemade flags are modeled after Tibetan prayer flags, traditionally hung around homes, villages, and sacred sites and are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring luck to those touched by the winds that pass through the flags. Instead of using the traditional dyed cottons and mass woodblock printing, the flags are made out of the scraps of everyday life, including clothing, doilies, handkerchiefs, napkins, tablecloths, pillowcases and curtains. Images of Cincinnati’s triumphs, the dreams of its residents and most importantly, the toughest of its struggles are hand-painted onto each fabric flag. These experiences are literalized through hand-painted imagery, emerging from the cloth as either prideful adornment or through the form of a stain on the surface of the fabric.