For a man confined to a 6’ x 9’ concrete prison cell, what kind of home does he dream of?
This question was posed by artist Jackie Sumell to incarcerated activist Herman Wallace at the outset of their correspondence. It blossomed into a grand vision for home to inspire freedom and change. During the period of their collaboration, Herman Wallace was serving the longest prison sentence in American history in solitary confinement. The project was part of a traveling exhibition shown in 12 countries and was the subject of a documentary film broadcast on PBS television addressing solitary confinement in the prison system.
Unfortunately, Herman passed away shortly after being released from prison in 2013 and the home was never completed.
The dream lives on.
Maison Orion provided all design services provided pro-bono. Our aim was to execute Herman’s vision as faithfully as possible with the minimum number of modifications as required.