AIRLIE GARDENS BOTTLE CHAPEL
In 2003, the artist won a competition to create a memorial garden to honor the outsider artist Minnie Evans at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina, the garden where Evans worked as a gatekeeper for 40 years. Wright-Frierson selected and managed a team of seven artists, who each created their own sculptures. The year-long construction of the project was supported by grants and the help of many volunteers.

Wright-Frierson’s work is a bottle chapel made of various colored bottles set in mortar over rebar and treated wood posts to form a 7-sided chapel, measuring 17 feet high and 17 feet across in all directions. The chapel is lit at night, giving the effect of huge stained glass windows.