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Gwendolyn Brooks sculpture

Honoring the life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Margot has created first sculpture in a Chicago park of an African American woman, only the second sculpture of any woman in the parks.

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, in partnership with the Chicago Park District, the Poetry Foundation, and Brooks Permissions, has installed the memorial in Gwendolyn Brooks Park. The larger-than-life bronze portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, a porch modeled after the poet’s childhood writing spot, a stepping stone path etched with memorable Annie Allen quotations, and a stone circle symbolic of her enlarged world post-literary acclaim celebrate Brooks' life and achievements.


Brooks sculpture in kiln

The installation dedication ceremony

The Chicago Park District awarded the CLHOF a $2,000 grant and other support to help stage the unveiling on June 7, 2018, which would have been Brooks’ 101st birthday.

Margot McMahon Brooks installation Poems posted on porch
Margot deivering an address honoring Gwendolyn Brooks
  The installation: porch, poetry stones, sculpture, plaque, and sitting stones in a circle representing Brooks' wide recognition

  Poems posted on the porch: neighborhood children are encouraged to use the space in a variety of ways.
Unveiling   Angela Jackson   Haki Madhubuti and other attendants
Gwendolyn Brooks' daughter Nora Brooks Blakely unveils the sculpture.   Poet Angela Jackson reads Brooks' poetry at the ceremony continuing in the nearby Kenwood United Church of Christ.

  Poet Haki Madhubuti is among the friends of Gwendolyn Brooks attending the event.
Margot has shared her process for developing the installation to encourage needed contributions.

Video about Gwendolyn Brooks sculpture installationThe community warmly welcomed the additions to Gwendolyn Brooks Park as evidenced by broad press coverage including:

ABC 7 Chicago
Chicago Sun Times
Chicago Tribune
Moore Women Artists

Sketch of Brooks installation

Wet clay over armiture   Hands
Margot finishing clay

  Mold making   Wax being melted
The pour   The sculpture   The sculpture with people
Brooks installation

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