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Protect and Serve

Andrew J. Woodstock's avatar Andrew J. Woodstock
    2016 5th place

When I chose to create this piece in Fall of 2015, I could not have imagined the profound impact that events of the past year would have on the significance of my artwork. What began as a nostalgic tribute to a group of 1930’s era police officers on their Harleys has become a symbol of polarizing current events. These officers served in a simpler time-a time when wearing their uniform and badge was enough. Today, body cameras and bulletproof vests are the norm. Time and technology have changed our country and our lives. But have they changed us for better or for worse? “To protect and to serve” is no longer simple. Our nation is bruised - Black and Blue. We are hurt and confused. How can we heal?

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on water color canvas
  • Width: 16 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 7 feet