The brick factory is open today (Friday 20th) and tomorrow from 11-7.
Last weekend I had my nephews come and work at the factory. They did a great job at so many things like leading the jail tours and working on the demolition of the building… and most importantly SIGN MAKING! Here’s a great image of Bryce and Liam hard at work.
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I’ve had some pretty intense experiences at the brick factory since we opened it. And some pretty amazing ones too.
These bricks represent both of those experiences.
Two weeks ago I watched as a older woman who was raised in Madison County make the brick about the confederacy while a young alternative transplant woman made the brick about healing right across the table. Everyone was aware about what was happening and being expressed. It’s not like we didn’t notice what was going on.
The important thing for me was that we had a conversation about it… and it was civil. I watched as these two women traded letters back and forth to stamp their beliefs in the clay. “You need an E? Here you go, I have one”. As we talked about monuments and what they mean and why speech is protected and important.
Nobody got called a racist. Nobody got called a dirty hippy. We just looked each other in the eyes and tried to find a little common ground in this crazy world.
I’ll be honest… I was glad to get the brick about the confederacy. Because this project is about recording the feelings and beliefs of all the people who live here or pass through. That belief is real out here, and I don’t want to pretend like it’s not. And I definitely don’t want this project to only represent the feeling and emotions of only the young alternative people who have moved in.
This place is complicated. And the monument that we make needs to be real and representative of that.
These two bricks felt like a success as we strive to listen to what everyone believes in and heal a little bit at a time.
Just a reminder. The brick factory will be open Friday and Saturday from 11-7. So come on out and add your voice.
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We’ve been doing some major infrastructure projects on the various properties this week. Yesterday I was installing new culverts at the farm and found a bunch of really exciting new clay!!!
I’m excited to start using clay from the farmland where @carolinaflowers_ grows all the flowers.
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The brick factory is open till 7 today. Come out an make your voice heard.
Make a brick as a memorial or a memory. Whatever you think is valuable to express in this world. Here’s one I made for the dead.
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Today’s message from the brick factory.
One of my favorite things is going through and reading all the bricks at the end of a busy day. I spend most of my time being the facilitator so I often don’t get to see what people write till the end of the day or sometimes the next day.
This one felt poignant given the rhetoric and vitriol that seems to be tearing our country apart.
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We set the record for bricks in a day yesterday on the island for the Art on the Island event…which was awesome!
We marked 188 bricks between 10am and 4:39pm when we ran out of bricks to mark.
The best part is I only printed on 1 brick all day, which means that the other 187 bricks were made by the community!
@carolinaflowers_ shares my excitement!!
Thanks to everyone who came out.
We are at about 1200 bricks total for the whole project with 2 months to go.
Still time for folks to get involved!
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Jamming in the jail with @galenholland
We’ve been having a steady stream of our creative friends come and use the space recently.
It’s been awesome to hear such great music emitting out of the jail and to see the space used in such a positive way.
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