Public Works

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital – Nanticoke, Delaware – 2018

Project James
Project James presented by Hank’s Hope to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

Hank’s Hope is a non-profit whose mission is to provide resources and support to families in the greater Delaware area who have been affected by pregnancy loss and infant loss. I was commissioned for Project James, an interactive memorial piece to be installed in the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The hospital sits right alongside the Nanticoke River which has special significance for the residents. The central image is of a couple standing in the river holding one another at sunset. In their reflection they are holding the infant they lost. The riverbank is covered in forget-me-not flowers in bloom, and to the right of the image is inset a top-loading shadowbox. The idea is that families who have suffered the loss of an infant can write the name of the child on a river stone and drop it into the piece as a memorial. In the glass is etched Maya Angelou’s poem

And when great souls die,

after a period peace blooms,

slowly and always

irregularly.  Spaces fill

with a kind of

soothing vibration.

Our senses, restored, never

to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed, They existed.

We can be.  Be and be

better.  For they existed.

 

Project James Process
Process photos of Project James.

Pennsauken Free Public Library – Pennsauken, New Jersey – 2013

This was a tricky one.  The walls, as you can see, are made of cement blocks.  So I suggested we utilize the shape and texture inherently there and make it seem like a castle; but a castle where each window looks into a different scene, just as each book is a window into another world.  Of course each of the characters were reading…. it is a library after all.

Children's Area Mural
Pennsauken Library Children’s Area Mural.
Children's Area Mural and Story Time
Story Time at Pennsauken Library