By AMANDA GREENE
The Cameron Art Museum’s latest public art project, Rise Up Wilmington by artist Charlie Brouwer, is a mishmash of hundreds of ladders connected in a seemingly precarious strand on its grounds nearest to 17th Street.
Part super helix and part stairway to heaven, the interwoven ladders of steel and even some made of popsicles reminded me of the Jacob’s ladder passage in Genesis 28.
“And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to heaven and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” – Genesis 28: 12
Cameron Art Museum director Anne Brennan said the ladder exhibit is certainly open to interpretation.
“Charlie’s primary concept is community, each ladder representing an individual, an organization; an idea coming together in strength, supporting one another. It’s a sculpture of interdependence,” she wrote in an email. “Also, Charlie’s mode of production emphasizes the borrowing of the ladder. That what I borrow from you helps me reach a place I could not otherwise. And this simple act goes on all the time.”
What’s your interpretation?