Building Together

Submitted by Orlosky Studio


Client: 1708 Gallery

Location: Richmond, VA, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $4,000

Project Team


Kevin Orlosky

Art Consultant

Emily Smith

1708 Gallery


This installation was created for InLight Richmond at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2018. Organized by 1708 Gallery. 79 portraits of Richmond residents made into giant building blocks. viewers were invited to interact with the sculpture and work together to build new cities.
Wood, Digital Photograph, LED
Various Dimensions


We are all human. We live in the same city. We are all standing in the same sunlight. We are all sheltering from the same rain. We all have a story to tell. We all have secrets. We all want the best for ourselves. We all want the best for our families. More characteristics unify us than divide us. Building Together demonstrates that when diverse populations reach out to understand each other and work together, a stronger more equitable community emerges. These larger-than-life “building blocks” are made up of residents of Richmond representing the diversity that makes is unique. These 79 portraits reflect the racial demographics of Richmond as reported in the 2010 census data. This installation was a part of 1708 Gallery’s InLight Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Viewers were invited to interact with the installation to build and rebuild their community to help mirror our fluctuating society.


My goal was to represent the diversity of people that reside in Richmond. This required a lot of participation from residents in order to get all to portraits. I collaborated with local churches and community organizations to help identify willing participants. I also engaged with folks directly in many different neighborhoods, talking to folks and listening to their stories.