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Twin Obelisks for Brownie and the Clifford Brown Listening Room, (sculpture)

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Rothrock, Rick  Search this
Brown, Clifford  Search this
Sculpture: granite benches, limestone and concrete pavers, granite speaker enclosures, and sound
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by City of Wilmington 800 North French Street Wilmington Delaware 19801
Located Clifford Brown Listening Garden 1500 Clifford Brown Walk Wilmington Delaware 19801
Rothrock, Rick, 2013.
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The installation includes the central stone sculpture titled Twin Obelisks for Brownie, as well as memorial benches, a chess bench, mosaic paving, and an interactive sound system. Motion detectors sense movement and a random selection of Clifford Brown's music plays from granite enclosed speakers surrounding the central sculpture. Twin Obelisks for Brownie is inscribed with the opening bar of "Dahoud" along one side, a portrait of Clifford Brown in a center medallion, and a description of the life of Clifford Brown in a panel on the opposite side. Lyrics from "Joy Spring" and a Sonny Rollins quote are inscribed on the ground stone. Mentor names are inscribed on the central benches.
Abstract  Search this
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Trumpet  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Jazz  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Trumpet  Search this
Control number:
IAS 78910002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums