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Steven & William Ladd

Lesson of Encouragement

2016 | Papier-mâché, acrylic paint, varnish, brass grommets and plywood

In collaboration with more than 900 members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, American artists Steven and William Ladd created a large-scale mural stretching nearly 40 feet in length. Composed of 10,000 hand-painted, papier-mâché beads, Lesson of Encouragement was named for the support the brothers showed the city’s children. By incorporating rich colors, including those that represent the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, this geometric montage unites the stadium, the surrounding community and the artists’ values: Spend your life doing what you love. Be focused and disciplined. Collaborate.


Steven & William Ladd

Steven & William Ladd

St. Louis, Missouri

Steven and William Ladd’s handcrafted artwork ranges in scale from tiny cast ants to expansive murals. Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, the brothers moved to Brooklyn, New York, where they established their studio in 2000. The Ladds’ early oeuvre included haute couture accessories and they have expanded into sculpture, drawing, books and installations based on their shared memories. The siblings have exhibited at museums internationally, including the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia and the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri. Steven, an accomplished seamster, is a graduate of Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, and William, a master beadworker, travelled the world as a model.

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