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Image credit: Courtesy of Lewis H. Latimer House Museum

Shervone Neckles and BEAM Center, BEACON

March 27, 2021 to August 15, 2021
Lewis H Latimer House, Queens

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

BEACON is inspired by African American inventor Lewis H. Latimer and his 1881 patent for the electric lamp and 1882 patent for processing carbon filament in the incandescent light bulb. This installation is a replication of Latimer's mechanical drawing of the incandescent light bulb and carbon filament. The fabrication process is designed to align the Beam Center’s mission of bridging the humanities and STEAM disciplines to improve the conditions of our society with the living legacy of a local and historical pioneer. The work is also a metaphor for the tension that exists between our interior and exterior worlds. We are constantly negotiating the outside worlds perception of who we are and our potential, versus the way we actually view ourselves. BEACON is a collaborative project between artist Shervone Neckles, Beam Center and Lewis H. Latimer House Museum.

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