The Echo Quilt

LiveWork Studios won with its proposal for The Echo Quilt at Community Stepping Stones (CSS) located on the Hillsborough River in Sulphur Springs. The Echo Quilt project seeks to connect Sulphur Springs residents with their own rich history, as well as serving as a beacon for creative exploration in this often-neglected part of our city.

LiveWork will install a large public art piece along with a means for collecting and disseminating user-generated audio submissions, which will be accessible on location and through the project’s web site. As the project moves forward, hearing and sharing the voices and stories of residents and visitors will be vital to its ongoing success.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity to give something back to the people of Sulphur Springs and the city of Tampa as a whole. The seeds of this project were planted in 2016 when we participated in The Music Box: Tampa Bay on this same, beautiful riverfront site. The reverberations from our interactions with the people of Sulphur Springs and the organizations involved with Music Box are felt to this day and we have been longing to return to the neighborhood to contribute something of lasting value to its residents.

Devon Brady – LiveWork Studios co-founder and Echo Quilt organizer

LiveWork will work with students from CSS, University of South Florida, and residents of the neighborhood, to design, build, maintain, and program the content of the project. A series of community outreach seminars will present plans to prospective participants, allowing them to suggest and implement changes to the design/function of the project based on their own concerns. A series of revisions with models and renderings will be presented to the community at each meeting.

Students and others interested in the production of the project will be given opportunities to mentor with working artists in everything from computer-aided drafting to concrete finishing, as well as web/graphic design, and welding/steel fabrication.