Requiem in Sumter

Requiem in Sumter

Medium: Bamboo, soil, fire, grass seeds and two mixed media sculptures

Dimensions: 20ft (H) x 25ft (W) x 45ft (L)

Date: 2005

Location: Downtown Sumter, South Carolina

Project Budget: DNA

Description: This time-based, multi-media work included an environmental art

installation, a performance art ritual and the growing of grass over a prolonged period. It

was created as a healing service for the enslaved that were tortured and perished in South

Carolina during the period of enslavement. Audience members were invited to write the

names of their ancestors that were either enslaved or enslavers on a piece of paper and

place it in the fire. Two weeks after the fire grass began to sprout as a rebirth after a


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