A Commemorative Permanent Public Art Installation
in Our Nation's Oldest City
Today, within our country, there is a great desire to bring individuals and entire communities together to heal old wounds and make firm commitments to cooperatively and collaboratively building a better future. The “Let Freedom Ring Chime Project” initiative aims to invite all –– residents of our city and county and visitors –– to ponder the possibilities and wander with wonder on the unique peninsula at the confluence of the San Sebastian and Matanzas Rivers. Recently named Dr. Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park, this vast natural green space honors St. Augustine’s nationally acclaimed Civil Rights Movement hero and offers extraordinary opportunities to reflectively and experientially discover new ways to engage with one’s self, others and the 452-year-old African-American story in our nation’s oldest continuously occupied European city.
The “Chimes Project,” a major interactive and multi-media art initiative to be located in Hayling Freedom Park, is being undertaken by Compassionate St. Augustine; the grassroots organization Keep Riberia Pointe Green, and the City of St. Augustine. As the Ancient City’s first officially approved permanent public art installation, it will interpretively pay tribute to our city’s African–American storyline as well as the roles freedom, human rights, democracy, and compassion played in creating the narrative.
The core values of the Chimes Project are grounded in Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's quote: “...the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
This artistic expression of Dr. King's compelling statement and universal yearning is threefold:
* A semi-circle of 14 graduated contrabass pentatonic aluminum chimes,
* "Towards” –– a white marble semi-circular reflection bench and,
* Compassionate St. Augustine’s Obelisk Art 450 commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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