Refreshing the Memory Wall: Public Art Commission’s Restoration of Trade Street Folk Art to be Celebrated in Early August | Arts


Execution of work

Local sculptor Duncan Lewis, a DENT board member, led a team of three artists who carried out the restoration, which began in April. Aaron Gibbons, a King sculptor, worked with Lewis; and Derrick Monk, a local sculptor who studied with Lewis at Winston-Salem State University.

First, they thoroughly washed the whole room with an eco-friendly detergent product. They replaced some of the bezels built into the front of the wall, using identical bezels purchased online, and they repaired the damage to the life-size bas-relief faces and hands on several surfaces.

Twelve expressionistically carved nesting birds and other sculptural elements along the top of the wall had been badly damaged and in some cases demolished. The restoration team worked from photographs of the originals to replace the forms with sturdier versions cast on elaborate armatures made of steel rebar and wire mesh. Two badly damaged plates containing printed information on the memory wall have been replaced with etched metal plates secured with security screws. Finally, on July 12, the entire wall was sprayed with an acrylic sealer.

The total cost of the project was $22,000, shared by SECCA (which contributed $9,000) and the city, which contributed the rest, according to Kelly Bennett, a project planner with the Department of Planning and Development Services. of the city, who also serves as the staff liaison for the CAP.


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