I had my camera in the car and couldn't resist stopping. This massive collection of ladders, all tied together at multiple heights and angles is a community art project called Rise Together Kingsport. What I found is a sculpture celebrating the combined hopes and dreams that are the community of Kingsport. It is a project by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission and artist Charlie Brouwer. The project provides an opportunity for anyone in the community to participate in creating a sculpture signifying the combined hopes and dreams that depend on, build upon and support each other in Kingsport. People and organizations came together to loan or donate ladders. Some were obviously used, others were made just for this purpose. There were really long extension ladders, step ladders, stools, and even ladders made of cloth and pipe cleaners.
Photographing this sculpture was a little challenging. First, it is BIG, stretching across the lawn and a couple stories high. Second, it appears to be very random with no central point to capture a viewers interest. Photos of the entire web of ladders can show the massive size, but don't give the viewer a point of interest to focus on.
At first, I shot up from what is more or less the center, trying to capture the height.
I also tried playing with the sunlight. Bright contrasty sunlight is not good for landscape photography but it can help a subject that is made up of high contrast elements.
As I walked around within the sculpture, I found individual pieces of art donated by the community.
I was talking with one of the ladder donors while I was there. He showed me the ladder he made, what he called "An Asian Kingsport Ladder". It was made of bamboo grown in Colonial Heights and boards broken by his daughter in her Tae Kwon Do class. He compared it to another bamboo ladder made by a friend that was similar, yet unique pieces of art.
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