More than a year after the death of George Floyd sparked global racial justice demonstrations, large statues of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and John Lewis were erected in Manhattan’s Union Square this week, ABC 7 News reported.
“This is the first time there’s been a sculpture like this in NYC, usually it’s a mural on a wall, so change is here, change is here,” George Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, said of the sculpture, per ABC 7 News. The exhibition is a creation of Confront Art. “These faces, although so different in the movement, do relate and we needed them to all be together and now are so much more powerful having them together,” said Lindsay Esheleman.
“These monuments have meaning,” he said at the statue’s unveiling, the New York Times reported. “It’s literally art that’s confrontational,” he added. “This can’t be avoided. This shouldn’t be avoided. It has to be known.”
The sculptural busts are nearly six feet tall and each one weighs more than 1,000 pounds, ABC 7 News reported. The 3 statues comprise an installation called “#SeeInjustice,” and will be on display until Oct. 30, per the New York Times.
After that the sculptures will travel to different cities across the country before being auctioned, with the proceeds benefiting charities connected to their three namesakes, per ABC 7 News.
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