About Mini Greens 2
Artists Bradford Mumpower and Latika Sewell joined forces to disassemble and upcycle hundreds of yards of fabric into more than 1,500 tiny greens jackets. Strung like flags along more than a mile of cord through the Iron Garden at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, the mini greens feature colorful decals depicting imagery from Rivers of Steel’s historical archives. Adorned with scaled details, including chrome buttons, pockets, and cufflinks, the jackets take the form of pennant flags that playfully traverse the garden grounds, providing an alternative visual path for visitors to follow.
Stringing up flags in open spaces is done across many, if not all, cultures globally. Here in the U.S., pennant flags are strung to celebrate events and team activities. In Mexico, papel picados, or tissue-paper flags, are chiseled with a variety of patterns and used to decorate buildings, streets, and Day of the Dead altars during secular and religious celebrations. In Nepal, Tibetan prayer flags are a ubiquitous part of the landscape and likewise reflect Bradford’s Buddhist beliefs.
Mini Greens 2 uses this global compositional form to create a palpably sacred community space at the furnaces in much the same way the Iron Garden itself celebrates nature’s sacred role in reclaiming formerly industrial locations. As the mini jacket flags honor the many thousands of former workers now missing from the furnaces today, the garden pays homage to the slow and deliberate role nature plays in healing these brutal places over time.
Artist-led tours of the installation will be available throughout the season during scheduled Arts & Grounds Tours, as well as on August 19 for open house at the Carrie Blast Furnaces and October 7 during the Festival of Combustion.
This project was made possible with support from The Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative.