By Howard Pousner
Rungs of meaning
The curious jumble of ladders that has been growing in recent days at Freedom Park, close to where Freedom Parkway dead-ends into Moreland Avenue, is in fact an art installation by a Virginia artist.
Charlie Brouwer, who has created similar assemblages linking more than 250 ladders in recent years in St. Louis and Winston-Salem, N.C. Tying into the Inman Park Festival close-by, he will answer viewer questions about his work at the site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 and May 1.
Commissioned by Flux Projects, “Rise Up Atlanta” is comprised of ladders borrowed from across the metro area, each one bearing a tag identifying its lender.
“Each ladder represents the hopes and dreams of its lender, and bound together, they create a work of art that is a metaphor for the aspirations of the community as a whole,” according to Flux.
Information: www.fluxprojects.org. Brouwer’s site has links to videos and photos documenting previous ladder projects: www.charliebrouwer.com (click: outdoor sculptures).
Staging a war
It’s been 150 years since the Civil War started, but presumably they still know how to fire a cannon at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, where the sesquicentennial will be observed with several big bangs Saturday.
“Civil War Comes Alive!” will feature hourly cannon demonstrations from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Co-presented by the Bartow History Museum, the 10 a.m.-5 p.m. event includes music by the Georgia 8th Regiment Band, displays of Civil War art and artifacts, conversations with “soldiers” from the Union and Confederate armies and “Abraham Lincoln” reciting the Gettysburg Address at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Adults, $10; ages 65 and older, $8; students, $7; ages 12 and younger, $3. 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300, www.boothmuseum.org.
Traveling with song
While the Georgia Boy Choir is wrapping up its second year in Atlanta with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church., it’s gearing up for a busy time once school lets out. The group will tour to Roanoke, Va., Washington and Baltimore, then it’s off to Great Britain where it will be the choir-in-residence this summer at Oxford Cathedral.
458 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. Tickets ($20 general admission, $12 ages 18 and under and 50 and older, $40 preferred seating): www.georgiaboychoir.ticketleap.com.
Italy honor delayed
Turns out that the recent announcement by New York’s American Folk Art Museum about presenting installations by Mr. Imagination (aka Atlantan Gregory Warmack) and seven other American artists during Italy’s Venice Biennale in June was premature.
Clothing label Benetton, which was to sponsor the undertaking at the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, determined that the landmark building could not be prepared in time for expected crowds. Benetton postponed the project until a planned renovation by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas is completed.