PROJECT ROWHOUSES




While at any one time people and place are the ingredients of a community, the past and present are the ingredients of the future ... and, after all ...
that is what we preserve for ...
the future.

THIRD WARD ARCHIVE
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Over the years my work has dealt most directly with questions around what we find precious enough to preserve and why. In the Project Row Houses installation I am working with people who are preserving a community, the Third Ward of Houston, a place of rich history suffering from urban decay. While at any one time people and places are the ingredients of a community, the past and present are the ingredients of the future -- and, after all -- that is what we preserve for...the future.

So the ingredients of this installation will be photographs of and by the people of the Third Ward. In a way unique to photography, evidence of lives lived will be preserved in over 3,000 quart canning jars, each containing one photograph. Collectively all 3,000 jars will span the entire row house space, creating a near-maze of the faces and places of the Third Ward.


The text above is edited from the original proposal.
The images below document the installation.







HEB Stores provided the cameras and processing
and
the people of the Third Ward provided the images.













Over one thousand notes were added to the jars
describing the people and places of the Third Ward.



















PHOTOS IN THE JARS
OF AND FROM THE THIRD WARD




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Tracy Hicks
223 North Shore
Dallas, TX 75216
214 948 0609