Welcome to the Bull is a seven-foot, three-dimensional, multimedia monument that functions as an introduction of a continuing series that will include various nonlinear reflective structures for different communities around the country. Signifying the truth beneath the city of Durham and its symbols of prosperity and strength, Welcome to the Bull integrates abstracted oil-painted Black figures that stand as a representative of the community residents along with historical landmarks. The painted representations are accompanied by recorded statements that reveal considerable responses to the question: “what does it mean to be from Durham, North Carolina?” In the early 1900’s, the city of Durham was known for its cultivation of black entrepreneurism and was considered the capital of the Black middle class in America. In the 1960’s, urban removal removed majority of Black owned businesses in the city which provoked an economical, political, and cultural shift. This monument encompasses the present challenges that Durham residents encounter such as racial tensions, crime, poverty, and gentrification. Installed virtually using the technology of augmented reality, Welcome to the Bull eliminates the restrictions placed by the pandemic and encourages community participation and interaction.
Dawn, 2021 Oil on canvas and plywood, framed 4 ft x 7 ft First painting of Welcome to the Bull titled Dawn, which symbolizes the notion of hope that develops during the period of morning twilight.
Day, 2021 Oil on canvas and plywood, framed 4 ft x 7 ft Second painting of Welcome to the Bull titled Day, which represents the development of consciousness and awareness that comes with a new day.
Midnight, 2021 Oil on canvas and plywood, framed 4 ft x 7 ft Third painting of Welcome to the Bull titled Midnight, which symbolizes the impression of mystery that intensifies at the end of a day.