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Love Over Rules

Hank Willis Thomas, 2022 (Boston, Massachusetts)

Neon and steel

In 2022, this magnificent piece of art was constructed over a span of two days in the chilly New England weather. Standing prominently on the edge of the tree line by Alnoba’s Gathering Place, visitors are welcomed by this tall neon message peaking on the horizon as you walk up the entry trail to the overlook field.

Love Over Rules is a neon sign with six-foot-tall letters that blink a sequence of words – LOVE OVER RULES – a phrase Hank’s cousin and roommate Songha Willis spoke in a recorded message before he was fatally shot on February 2, 2000 outside of a club in Philadelphia.

Did you know… Hank Willis Thomas is the artist who created Boston’s “Embrace” sculpture that was unveiled January 2023.

Photo by Sarah King

This piece is part of the collection at Alnoba. See the full collection or check our upcoming tour schedule.