2013 - 2014
Story is a three-part artwork created by Workingman Collective. At its core, the commission considers the relationship of play, learning, and building community across generations, linking the United States Embassy and the greater Liberian community
On the U.S. embassy grounds, four cast bronze, oversized school desk chairs populated by the national bird, the Pepper bird, conjure the folktale icon, who according to legend, shrieks each dawn until father night releases the people sleeping peacefully under his arms to father day so they can go about their daily work. The symbolism of the chairs and Pepper birds carries over to the community in tangible ways. In Wenneh Town, Kakata, Margibi County, Workingman Collective partnered with the Checago Bright Foundation (a U.S. and Liberia based non-Government organization) to build a playground where children and familioes from surrounding schools and neighborhoods can gather to socialize and share their similarities and differences through play. In Monrovia, in collaboration with the Quilters Guilds, Waste Not Inc., Alice Bracewell (Sinkor), Quageh, Maude Davis (Caldwell), and team of young women created a visual document of Story in an edition of Quilts.