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Stones

PD Davis's avatar PD Davis

"Wealth Inequality Making a Mockery of the American Dream" "Full-time Minimum Wage Workers Can't Afford a 1-Bedroom Apartment Anywhere in America" Headlines like these were the inspiration for "Stones." Each of four conjoined panels will display hand-cut silhouettes depicting minimum wage occupations - occupations such as fruit-picker, maid, coal miner, home health care worker that have little status in society yet which touch us at the most fundamental level of food, shelter and family. "Stones" is in part a monument to these laborers. On the floor in front of the panels is a pile of stones. Some stones are engraved with the date and name of a revolt in which workers united to defend their rights to decent working conditions and fair wages; a number also appears on the stone corresponding to a worker who died at the event. The other stones, bearing no inscription, stand for the thousands of men, women and children who perished silently, worked to death in America's factories, mines and farms. Stones have traditionally been used to memorialize the dead as they do here. They also have been used as weapons, particularly by the poor. As such these stones symbolize a call to action to anyone who will continue the fight until all Americans are able to realize their dream in a just economy.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 20 inches
  • Medium: Wood, cut paper silhouettes, stone
  • Width: 48 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 78 inches