Universe Space

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Site: Hamilton County Jail’s fourth floor classroom

Artists: Eleven Hamilton County Jail Inmates with lead artist Charlie Newton

Partners: Hamilton County Department of Detention and the Tennessee Arts Commission

Description: The theme of outer space in a detention center challenges the concepts of freedom and confinement. There are those who are physically free but emotionally or spiritually confined by situations often of their choice. Though the inmates are confined physically, several of the inmates remarked that they felt “free” when painting in the classroom. Creating an outer space when confined to an inner space as we did in this mural, is an exercise in distinguishing between physical and emotional space and learning what issues are matters of choice and control.

An exhibit documenting “Universe Space” will be in the Hamilton County – Chattanooga Courts Building Lobby February – May 2013.
This project was funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.