Black Lives Mattered (2016)
By Margot Stage 
Knotted Rope And Fabric, Approximately 35' Long X 3-4' High
Artist Statement: In The Woods Above Brister’s Spring, A Tapestry Made From Knotted Fabrics, Ropes And Twines Winds And Wraps Among The Trees. You Will Notice A Line Of Black Knots Highlighted Among The Whites. When I Toured The Town Forest, I Was Moved By The Stories I Was Told About Brister Freeman, The Freed Slave Who Made His Home In The Forest And Struggled To Be A Free, Black Man In Concord. This Site-specific Installation, Black Lives Mattered, Pays Tribute To The Knots That Were, And Continue To Be, Tied And Untied In The Racial History Of Our Nation.

Have You Walked The Umbrella’s 2016 Art Ramble?

Concord’s Hapgood Wright Town Forest
June 2 – September 5, 2016
For a map of art locations and events, please visit: http://theumbrellaarts.org/2016-Art-Ramble

18 inspired art installations beckon evocatively around and beyond Fairyland Pond, at the intersection of art, nature and community in this historic natural setting.

The legacy of Brister Freeman, who was enslaved at birth and built his house in these woods after he gained his freedom during the Revolutionary War, is captured in these two works of art:

Brister Freeman Comes Home (2016)
By Liz Sibley Fletcher 
Clay, 10’ X  6’
Artist Statement: Brister Freeman, Who Once Owned Part Of This Parkland, Strides Home Carrying The Meaty Payment For His Work As A Day Laborer. His Sturdy Figure Acts As A Trail Marker Pointing The Way To His Former Home Near Brister's Spring – A Reminder Of The People Who Lived Here. African Americans Have Been A Vital Part Of New England’s Life Since Colonial Times.
Black Lives Mattered (2016)
By Margot Stage 
Knotted Rope And Fabric, Approximately 35' Long X 3-4' High
Artist Statement: In The Woods Above Brister’s Spring, A Tapestry Made From Knotted Fabrics, Ropes And Twines Winds And Wraps Among The Trees. You Will Notice A Line Of Black Knots Highlighted Among The Whites. When I Toured The Town Forest, I Was Moved By The Stories I Was Told About Brister Freeman, The Freed Slave Who Made His Home In The Forest And Struggled To Be A Free, Black Man In Concord. This Site-specific Installation, Black Lives Mattered, Pays Tribute To The Knots That Were, And Continue To Be, Tied And Untied In The Racial History Of Our Nation.