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Society’s Cage: an Interpretive Design Pavilion for the Black Lives Matter Movement
September 4

Society’s Cage is a timely interpretive installation on the National Mall in Washington, DC on view from August 28-September 13. The project was conceived and designed by the architecture firm SmithGroup in partnership with the Architects Foundation in the aftermath of the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor murders as our society reckons with institutional racism and white supremacy. The public installation features a bold interpretive pavilion sculpted to symbolize the historic forces of racialized state violence. The experience educates visitors and functions as a sanctuary to reflect, record and share personal thoughts. It is conceived in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as a mechanism for building empathy and healing.

The initial installation coincided with the March on Washington in support of Black Lives, held in Washington, DC on August 28, 2020, and is located on the National Mall at 12th Street and Madison Drive NW.

Registration is free, but donations are accepted:

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Financial donations to this program will support this project, and the possibility of bringing it to Baltimore. Additional donations will benefit the Architects Foundation’s Diversity Advancement scholarships.