Statues of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor & John Lewis installed in Manhattan
More than a year after the murder of George Floyd sparked global racial justice demonstrations, larger-than-life statues of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and John Lewis were erected in Manhattan's Union Square this week, ABC 7 News reported.
What they're saying: "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.
- “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 big picture: The sculptures are intended to invoke reflection in passersby and hence transform a site of protest last summer into a space for contemplation, Chris Carnabuci, the artist, told the Times.
- The sculptural busts are nearly six feet tall and each one weighs more than 1,000 pounds, ABC 7 News reported.
- The trio comprise an installation called “#SeeInjustice,” and will be on display until Oct. 30, per the 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.