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Sarah Kolker – Mosaic Bench

Sarah enlisted the help of youth from the Association to Benefit Children (ABC) and the Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, along with 2006 Create Change artist, Rudy Shepherd to develop an object for their Harlem neighborhood. Sarah asked her young neighbors’ to record their visions for Harlem and/or themselves 30 years from now. They did just that via drawings and declarations like “In 10 years this city is going to belong to me!” written on plain ceramic tiles. Transforming these tiles, along with glass, mirrors, and other found objects, into a mosaic-pattern on a set of benches Rudy constructed of reclaimed wood, Sarah began this labor intensive process with the same group of children who helped to shape the benches’ content. The completion of the benches, however, took place in front of two public spaces: The Laundry Room on 116th Street; and Pelham Fritz Recreation Center in Marcus Garvey Park.



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