The Removal and Transformation of Baltimore's Confederate Monuments
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Over the past two years, I have been watching the debate over Baltimore's Confederate monuments and I would like to propose the artistic reuse of the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place, and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell:
I propose that these monuments to the Confederacy be not only REMOVED- but MELTED DOWN- and cast into NEW monuments that tell history from a broader perspective- one that represents the community therein, with figures that can be seen as inspirational rather than figures of intimidation and oppression. A perfect figure to embody this physical and psychic transformation would be Baltimore's own already "immortal" Henrietta Lacks.
Please consider this proposal seriously. I believe that we are at a cultural turning point, and this could be a powerful and symbolic transformative act of creative reuse.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please contact me, as I am interested in helping to facilitate this public project in the city I love.
Liz Ensz, MFA
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