TEMA/ The Four Cornerstones


Groundswell Community Mural Project ©

Four Winterstone Reliefs
5 x 7 Ft

Lead Artists: Alex Pimienta
Youth Artists: Makeda Gaillard, Ivan Jacobson, Melissa James, Crystal Rosado, Serena Sessing

Location: Weeksville Houses, Weeksville, Brooklyn.
Community Partner: Weeksville Heritage Center & the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)



In Groundswell’s TEMA (Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship) program, youth worked to create a series of public sculptural reliefs for Weeksville Houses in Weeksville, Brooklyn.  “The Four Cornerstones”, represents the activist spirit of Weeksville residents past and present, and consists of four permanently installed sculptural reliefs illustrating different aspects of civic involvement. The participants consisted of a group of high school students from the Weeksville community who researched Weeksville history, learned elements of drawing and design, and were introduced to the technique of creating sculptural reliefs with Winterstone, a new durable synthetic material that has a patina similar in appearance to metals.

The reliefs include portraits of the following community leaders: 
Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward- the first Black woman doctor in New York.
Maritcha Lyons- a prominent civil rights leader and educator.
Henry Highland Garnet- a leading abolitionist.


The reliefs are part of the Weeksville Then and Now Project, sponsored by the Weeksville Heritage Center. TEMA is supported by: Altman Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation.