this is a small section of what the wall will look like, a view of intimacy and loss
As families returned to assess the damage to their homes and neighborhoods, one of the first signs of life was the appearance of a heap of trash at curbside.
The 600 drawers incorporated in Napoli’s installation were collected from all across New Orleans — in Gentilly, in Central City, Uptown and in the East, in Bywater, Carrollton, the French Quarter, the Ninth Ward Lakeview and Mid-City. Graphic artist Rondell Crier will collaborat with Napoli to create a digital database documenting where the drawers are from and any information about the families who discarded them. The drawers are categorized by size and color, their knobs or the lack of them, their age, whether hand-made or mass-produced. This digital database will be presented via an interactive computer kiosk near the memorial wall. Both installations evoke and comment on the differences that divide and unite us. They also underscore that our lives are more than just our thoughts and physical embodiment. Our lives are our neighborhoods, our family, our friends, our neighbors, our workplace, our schools, our communities, our animals, our gardens, our personal property, and even our furniture drawers, the place where we store our secrets, our past lives, our photos, our mementos, our passions and our hopes and dreams.