Pensando en el Paraíso, and Sacred Armor for Casa Indiana, Mural and Sculpture
Designed by CICADA Architects, Casa Indiana’s affordable senior housing apartments are a continuation of HACE’s decades of work to build an equitable future in the Fairhill and St Hugh neighborhoods, one that respects and celebrates the community’s cultural identity.
“This project promotes resilience for the community it serves and creates a safe space for a vulnerable population — with opportunities for connection and inspiration as well! Casa Indiana far exceeds other applicants in addressing some of the most pressing equitable community issues of our time.”
– AIA Pennsylvania Awards Jury
The development features a plaza and prominent sculptural installation by local artist Marta Sanchez, telling the story of the rail lines with bright hibiscus flowers springing symbolically from the old tracks. In the back, Casa Indiana’s “Secret Garden” offers a sheltered space to relax and enjoy, along with a paved plaza for outdoor gatherings, an open lawn for recreation, and raised planters that provide opportunities for the residents to garden.
Pensando en el Paraíso, Public art for HACE, Philadelphia, PA, 2020
Spiritual Armor, Powder coated steel sculpture, approx. 10’x62′, Public art for HACE, Philadelphia, PA 2020
Reclaiming Gurney St.
A collaboration with Poet David Acosta
Reclaiming Voices, Poetic collaboration with David Acosta, neighborhood seniors, & youths. Powder coated, laser cut steel, 2019.
Heroes of the Night and Day, for the Simons Recreation, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
This piece was created as part of the One Percent for Art Program of Philadelphia. The project offered me the chance to work with Ted Agoos and now dear friend.
It was created on corrugated metal that allowed me to stencil my drawings onto the panels, marrying my love for painting and printmaking. It is a direction I continue to use in my work today, ebbing wand waning between paint and line.
Cosmic Angel, for the Children’s Hospital at New Britain, Pennsylvania
This was piece was actually a collaboration with my husband John Dallam. We both created pieces with cut metal and spiral copper to represent the evening sky. I started the project with it’s shapes, colors and concept but John’s assistance in installing the work brought an airy soulful touch to the piece.