4/30/12 * Daily Progress [full story]
New York-based sculptor Melvin Edwards has been chosen as the artist who will build a monument to Charlottesville’s Vinegar Hill neighborhood, according to a Sunday announcement from project organizers.
“Mel Edwards is both internationally and nationally renowned for his small and large work describing the African-American experience,” read a news release from Elizabeth Breeden, chairwoman of the Dialogue on Race public art action team. “His large works are usually abstract and made of stainless steel.”
Edwards, who’ll turn 75 this week, was selected from a field of three finalists vying for the opportunity to build the monument to the historically black neighborhood leveled in the 1960s in the name of urban renewal and redevelopment.