Reproducing a cruel prison

download (2)An art installation/maze in downtown Philadelphia explores the cruelty and racism of America’s prison system.

The piece is from Sam Durant. Here’s more on the artist. From Hypallergic:

The US prison system is one of the world’s great shames. A quarter of the world’s prisoners are being detained in a country that represents only 5% of the world’s population. It is a system that has been compared to a modern-day version of the Jim Crow laws. Through the work of activists and human rights defenders, we’re seeing more and more evidence that the prisons represent a dysfunctional system that perpetuates white supremacy andvictimizes the poor in the United States.


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  1. Interesting work. I’m more of a Basquiat kind of guy…but this is interesting.

    I would have liked to see it installed so people would be forced to navigate it in order to get out of the courthouse…or maybe increase the size to almost engulf the entirety of the “dead space”…but I like the concept.

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