A Sculptor Takes His Craft to the Skies

Written by on July 2, 2022

GREENWOOD, Miss. — On Saturday night, June 18, the Memphis-based artist Desmond Lewis was in a public park unloading cakes — bundles of fireworks connected by a high-speed fuse — from a pickup truck. On the other side of a nearby tree line waited about 150 expectant onlookers for the Juneteenth celebration in the city that is heralded as “the cotton capital of the world.”

“The first rule of fireworks,” Lewis said as he stood over a large box of explosives in the lingering heat, “is don’t put any . . .

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