A CRACK IN THE RIVER
Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Client: City of Frankfort and Josephine Sculpture Park
Collaborator: Landon Crowell (sculptor)
The artwork offers a space for conversation and reflection about racial terrorism and its legacy, by acknowledging the history of two documented lynchings had taken place on Frankfort's Singing Bridge. The sculpture is formed from a solid block of Indiana limestone, with a steel I-beam notched into one its sides, in reference to the historic truss bridge. The face of the stone is inlaid with a sinuous bronze line, which can be read as an abstraction of the Kentucky River or a length of rope. The line is a symbolic crack, expressing the divisiveness of racism. The solidity and strength of stone serves as a testament of resilience and endurance in the face of racial terrorism and its legacy.