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final instalation

452 ladders of all kinds were borrowed from the Chattanooga Community (click here for list of lenders). Heavy-duty cable ties, like the compassion & empathy that makes communities possible, hold the ladders together. Tags on the ladders identify the lenders -  individuals, families, schools, churches, businesses, & organizations - inner city homeless people, residents of East Chattanooga to the outer suburbs, corporations to small businesses - representing the kinds of people and parts that make up this community.  

"Community exists when each member realizes that their own hopes and dreams depend on & are tied to everyone else's." - Charlie Brouwer

NEW video about the project:


Time Line:
Feb. 1 - Spreading the word to all of Chattanooga - "Lend us your ladders and we will build 'Rise Up Chattanooga' on Glass St."
Feb. 9-22 - Collecting ladders
Feb. 16 - Building begins 
Feb. 23 - Better Block event on Glass St. 11am-5pm & last ladder added at 4:30
March 25 - Sculpture dismantled & ladders returned throughout the week
Ladders whose owners indicated they do not want them returned will be donated to Habitat for Humanity

Special thanks to these & many more who helped make Rise Up Chattanooga possible:
Artist's Gallery Residence, Crash Pad, Habitat for Humanity, Downtown and Hamilton YMCA's, Downtown Library, Niedlov's Breadworks, Keif Schleifer, Jim Garrison, John Hensler, Taylor Vander Horst, all the Chattanooga Media that covered the story, &......