River Barge Floating Installation

River Barge Floating Installation


For Freedoms Co-Founder Hank Willis Thomas is the artist behind They Are Us, Us Is Them, the artwork that will be installed on a barge based on SE DC and will float up and down the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, visiting Georgetown, Anacostia, and Capitol Riverfront over the course of the festival.


In connection with Hank Willis Thomas’s work on the barge, participants are encouraged to produce and publicly display their own definition of freedom by filling out signs that say:

• Freedom Of ____

• Freedom From _____

• Freedom For ______

• Freedom To______


The Four Freedoms outlined by FDR and Norman Rockwell began to articulate the human right to freedom, but the articulation of those freedoms did not apply to everyone. The lawn signs allow every participant to define freedom in their own way and articulate a vision of freedom that contains multitudes.

Based in SE DC, the floating art installation will travel up and down DC’s waterways on a barge, stopping in Georgetown, Capitol Riverfront, and Anacostia. For more details, including dates and times for barge activations and pop-up performances, visit these pages:


River Barge - Georgetown Waterfront
June 15- June 18

River Barge - Capitol Riverfront
June 19- June 21

River Barge - Anacostia Park
June 22- June 23