Ebony G. Patterson, Called Up
106 backers pledged $18,070 to support this project on Kickstarter.
“What does it mean to create a memorial at a site of a memorial?” Artist Ebony G. Patterson asks this question with Called Up, an installation and activation in Kansas City mounted during the inaugural public art event Open Spaces. Patterson unearthed the history of a disused pool in Swope Park dedicated to Harry M. Gilkey, “who worked with the city’s handicapped children and used this pool for hydrotherapy” in the 1950s and ‘60s.
With the help of 106 backers, Patterson revitalized the pool, swapping caution signs and fences with flowers and gold benches. The work was then donated back to the park’s community to use indefinitely as a place for reverence and reflection, to “pay homage to those who once used the site.”