Cenotaph, 2018, Sewn fabric, 30 x 40 x 10 feet
A cenotaph refers to a monument commemorating people buried elsewhere. This installation is a monument in the Oakland Cemetery commemorating the 872 probable unmarked burials in the African-American section of the Oakland Cemetery, that were discovered in 2016 and are still being uncovered and identified. It is placed in a Magnolia Tree next to the "Lion of the Confederacy", a preexisting sculpture already constructed to commemorate the unknown confederate dead. Each of the fabric pieces in the installation is an abstracted red obelisk. The obelisk is an ancient form erected by Egyptians to mark temples, typically constructed out of red granite. The fabric obelisks hang loose from the tree branches to the ground. This installation is situation in the Confederate section of the cemetery, which has an entrance marked with a freestanding stone obelisk. The public is welcome to walk through the installation, marking the connection between root and branch.