Charlie Brouwer: Rise Up Roanoke

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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - Sunday, April 3, 2011
Members Preview: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Commissioned by the Taubman Museum of Art, Rise Up Roanoke is a temporary public art project by regional artist Charlie Brouwer.  Designed to symbolize the strength, unity and diversity of our community, hundreds of ladders will "rise up" in the museum's first floor atrium to form the shape of the famed Roanoke star.

Rise Up Roanoke is the latest in a series of public art projects Brouwer has been creating with communities.  These projects are designed to bring the art and artist into closer contact with his audience - especially new audiences.  He does this by inviting all parts of the community to help create a sculptural metaphor for itself.

You can lend a ladder to the cause, as an estimated 200 to 300 ladders will be needed to form the star.  Any kind of ladder can be used, and ladders can be old, new, broken, paint-splattered or even decorated to communicate a special message.  Kids can make their own ladder on one of two Spectacular Saturdays at the museum, on February 26 and March 5. 

Ladders can be dropped off at the museum loading dock (on Norfolk Avenue, behind the museum) on February 12, 19 or 26 between 10 am and 5 pm.  Or, lenders can arrange for their ladder to be picked up.  For more information about the exhibit or lending a ladder, please call the museum at 342-5760 or visit