4642 – 2016 Art of Recovery at the Montgomery County Community College West Campus

Installation Sculpture

In 2016 there were 4,642 deaths in Pennsylvania alone due to heroin/opiate overdoses. Brush With the Law, along with the help of all its constituents, has built a chandelier-like installation art piece to represent, illuminate and visually show the number of deaths that occurred in PA due to the heroin/opiate epidemic our nation is struggling with. These constituents include those serving community service hours, people on probation/parole, people struggling with (or in recovery of) drug addiction, local community members and many others.

4,642 clear glassine baggies includes a one-inch crystal bead. These are to represent each person who lost their battle to heroin/opiate addiction in Pennsylvania alone in 2016.  Each of these crystal-filled baggies have been strung onto various lengths (longest lines being 22 feet long) of monofilament (30# Fishing Line).  They gently dangled from the second floor mezzanine ceiling of the art gallery and extended down through to the first floor.

A hand-built wooden frame supports a mesh grid where the over 200 crystal baggie sewn lines supports the 4,642 crystal filled baggies.

4,642 was on display at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus Art Gallery in Pottstown, PA from August 30, 2017 thru October 28, 2017. The college itself  hosted our art exhibition titled “THE ART OF RECOVERY” that displayed the paintings and drawings from inmates of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, residents of PICL (PA Institute for Community Living) as well as other facilities who have worked with Brush With the Law for the past 4 years.

To read about the art exhibit, The Art of Recovery please click HERE

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