When we applied to the 2nd Ghetto Biennale, we promised to yarn bomb the site where the Christopher Columbus statue used to stand. We wanted our installation piece to connect the geopolitics of Haiti with the politics of the Mexico/U.S. border. We were unable to accomplish that project. Erin came up with the idea to create a cape for Neg Mawon, to reference his superhero status.
Neg Mawon is located in Port au Prince in fromt of the Haitian National Palace. The sculpture was created by Albert Mangones. Neg Mawon symbolizes Haiti’s liberation from the French and from slavery. It is a In the above picture the statue is in an open area. Currently people are living in camps that completely surround the statue.
We decided to connect Haiti and the Mexico/U.S. border through the global commodity chain. We made t-shirt yarn from used t-shirts. The collar and flourishes at the top of the cape are crocheted from t-shirt yarn. Although it may be hard to see in the picture (below) the crocheted part of the cape measures about 2.5 feet by 5 feet. Erin sewed the extra bits of t-shirts into the draping section of the cape.