Expanding the Landscape of Justice

19 settembre ore 16.30


Tuesday 19th September at 4.30 pm

Expanding the Landscape of Justice

Open lecture by Walter Hood

Scientific coordination by:

Annacaterina Piras | LWCircus-IT | Florence

Chiara de’ Rossi | LWCircus-IT | Rome

Organization by LWCircus.org

The Walter Hood’s Open Lecture is curated by the LWCircus.org non profit organization as preview of the shared-operative workshop LWCircus-ArnoLab017 | 21st – 30th of September.

The lecture will present multiple case studies in the US that reveal how landscapes can articulate multiple and diverse attitudes and values towards race, class and civil rights. Particular to each

study is how landscape, sculpture and architecture can contribute to an expanded field of landscape experience.

Walter Hood is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. His works often explore elements of race, identity, social justice, and environmental design. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Hood Design Studio is tripartite practice, working across art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism. The resulting urban spaces and their objects act as public sculpture, creating new apertures through which to see the surrounding emergent beauty, strangeness, and idiosyncrasies. The Studio’s award winning work has been featured in publications including Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Architectural Digest, Places Journal, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Walter Hood is also a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.


The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission selected Walter Hood to create new public art commemorating the city’s role in the historic Civil Rights Movement in Public Square Park downtown. Hood’s design, Witness Walls, is a set of fragmented sculptural walls inspired by the classical sculpted friezes commemorating heroic and mythical events in antiquity. Walking among the walls visitors are placed in the center of historic moments represented by photos from the collection of the Nashville Public Library’s Civil Rights Reading Room. The installation is located on the west side of the historic Metro Nashville Courthouse, steps away from the historic April 19, 1960 student-led protest that led then-Mayor Ben West to disavow segregation of Nashville’s lunch counters.

Taken from http://www.hooddesignstudio.com/witnesswall