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Spirit Rising

Submitted by Yvonne Bobo

Client: UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis

Location: Memphis, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $65,000

Project Team


Yvonne Bobo

Yvonne Bobo Studio

Art Consultant

Syphne Sylve

UrbanArt Commission


Spirit Rising is a 26 foot tall stainless steel, kinetic sculpture activated by the wind. The concept was inspired by the neighborhood, a community looking to the future. The foundation of the sculpture is a 3-dimensional map in the shape of an Archimedian Spire.


The goals of the project were to create a piece of art for the neighborhood surrounding Southside Park, a neighborhood that working to rise up. The wind activates this sculpture, and the form ever climbing upward. The art is meant to inspire hope.


I worked in collaboration with community centers and churches in the area to gather community input. Together we created a theatrical workshop with the community to gather perspective about their hopes for the neighborhood and the significance of the art work. We created a short film to document the process.