“I’m Brower Hatcher; I work at the steel yard in Providence, Rhode Island. I describe myself as a public artist, one who’s concerned with social issues. I’m very focused on working with communities and developing imagery that is appropriate to the identity of who they are more than anything concerned with who I am. So what we have done is to create what I call a simulation of the memory of a blacksmith’s shop, and then within that we have embedded a full range of objects which relate to the blacksmiths’ trade and their art. Some were made here so we have blacksmiths here, we have people who do that, some were just found objects that we came upon, and the other thing was to go back to the community and ask people to come up with things they have. It’s partially the sense of ownership; like ‘it’s ours’ if they’re things from the community.”
To learn more about The Simulation of George M. Karrer’s Workshop, visit dublinarts.org/publicart.