Weeping Dorothea

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This one hundred year old Weeping Cherry tree is on the campus of Dorothea Dix Hospital, which was founded in 1856 as North Carolina’s first hospital dedicated to the treatment of mental illness. It sits on a hill in south Raleigh overlooking downtown. The hospital is slowly being decommissioned and the patients and staff relocated. There is a several year long controversy over future use of the 425 acres with it’s century old oaks, pecans, magnolias and cherries. “The tapestry of history has no point at which you can cut it and leave the design intelligible.” Dorothea Lynde Dix

In 2011 this quilt was selected for the “Art on the Move” project in the City of Raleigh which wraps images of art around the city buses for a moving art exhibition that lasts for six months!

It was sold and hangs in a private residence near the Dorthea Dix property.