Alejandra Linstrom, "Giver of Life"

River Walk & Fox Point Public Art Tour 2023

Alejandra Linstrom, "Giver of Life"

Providence, Rhode Island 02906, United States

Created By: The Avenue Concept


Utility box artist statement:

Many living beings, including humans, have depended on Alewife as a food source. Not only food in itself, Alewife has also provided important nourishment for vital crops when used as a fertilizer. The Three Sisters -- maize (corn), beans and squash -- were staple crops for indigenous communities in the Northeast for hundreds of years prior to the arrival of Europeans. Seeds for these three plants, along with dead fish were buried together in mounds of soil. Growing symbiotically, corn stalks provide a support for bean plants to climb, pole beans pull nitrogen from the air to enrich the soil, and squash protects the plants from critters while also shading the ground, helping to retain moisture and prevent weeds. These three plants, along with fish or meat provide a balanced and nutritious diet.

About the artist:

Alejandra grew up in Providence and like a true Rhode Islander swore she would leave, but is still here. Her mixed media art is a fusion of a love for plants, color, and pattern born from growing up in a home filled with Central American folk art and Guatemalan and Swedish culture. Alejandra lives in Providence with her spouse Peter, two kids, three cats, and many plants. She is an art teacher in Providence at 360 High School.

Material: C2 Paint, Montana Gold Spray Paint

Artist IG: @alejandraeloiza


What do you think of the colors and their symbolism?

When you walk around the utility box, what do you make of the connection between different surfaces?

Which element do you like the most?

This point of interest is part of the tour: River Walk & Fox Point Public Art Tour 2023


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