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A Resurrection in Four Stanzas

APRIL BANKS

A Resurrection in Four Stanzas is a permanent sculpture for Belmar History + Art (BH+A) in Santa Monica, CA. BH+A commemorates the history of the African American residents and business owners of the historic Belmar and surrounding neighborhoods. Once a thriving community, this area was razed through eminent domain in the 1950s in order to make way for the Civic Auditorium and the Civic Center campus. The sculpture pays homage to the shotgun house which migrated with African Americans from the south. It is delineated it in four steel and aluminum sculptures at full architectural scale as a ghost structure: porch, door, house, window. “A Resurrection in Four Stanzas” was commissioned by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. Photos courtesy of April Banks and Leroy Hamilton, 2021.

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