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.