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Good Breeding Stock

Niarus Walker's avatar Niarus Walker

Good Breeding Stock is a free standing sculptural work consisting of two images made of recycled coax cable debris salvaged from Hurricane Maria. The sculpture is male and female where the lower half of the male torso is a bull and the lower half of the female torso is a cow. Each member of this duo, together, breaks the chain, that iconic symbol of slavery. This image is an amalgamation of the human being and animal, specifically the Senepol cattle, which was developed and bred on St. Croix. The image represents the very tangible reality of how enslaved Africans were bred as cattle from the fittest of the population in order to harvest a stronger breed that could survive the hardships of slavery in much the same way as the Senepol was bred to be less susceptible to diseases and withstand the harsh Caribbean climate. The sculpture is built out of the trauma and also represents resilience, determination and strength of the people of the African Diaspora.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 10' 9
  • Medium: coax cable wire
  • Width: 5'
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 10'