Embrace
Embrace
 Embrace
Embrace Progress
 May 2007, installation of grid and vines.
Embrace Progress
 May 2007, installation of grid and vines.
Embrace Progress
 May 2007, installation of grid and vines.
Embrace Progress
 May 2007, installation of grid and vines.
Embrace Progress
 May 2007, Smokestack ready for grid and vines.
Embrace Progress
 Crew lifting Grid onto flatbed
Embrace Progress
 Crew lifting Grid onto flatbed
Embrace Progress
 Crew lifting Grid onto flatbed
Embrace Progress
 Progress of Bronze for top of smokestack.
Embrace Progress
 Progress of Bronze for top of smokestack.
Embrace Progress
 Progress of Bronze for top of smokestack.
Embrace Progress
 Mock-up of Vine Installation.
Embrace Progress
 Installing Mock-up of Vine Installation.
Embrace Progress
 Students showcased their work, and were very proud of the leaves on display.
Embrace Progress
 David, Alex and Gillian making metal leaves.
Embrace Progress
 Taking measurements of the stack.
Embrace Progress
 Embrace Model on Smokestack.
..


Embrace, Stainless Steel, Bronze, 70' h x 20' w x 20' d, 2007
The Plant, Providence, RI

Embrace was launched as The Smokestack Project with work beginning in February 2005. Puente, a non-profit organization, commissioned Gillian Christy to create an urban signifier for a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island. A sixty-foot smokestack, ruined during a storm years ago, became the focus of her involvement in this revitalization effort.

With this piece of civic art Christy added a seven-foot bronze grid, sculpted as a pattern that suggests the form of the bricks that once stood recalling the height of the original smokestack. Visually connecting the old with the new, two stainless steel vines wrap around the stack signifying the positive growth found within the neighborhood. This monumental piece of civic art took 24 months to create, receiving donations from city organizations, private donors and grants. Most importantly, Christy was able to involve the neighborhood and local community by teaching welding classes at The Steelyard, where male and female students ages 15-45 years old participated in fabricating several of the leaves that adorn the stack.