"People Have The Power" | Bringing Back Bowery

Creator

Scooter LaForge

Title

"People Have The Power" | Bringing Back Bowery

Coverage

308 Bowery, New York, NY, 10012

Description

A wash of white paint covers the majority of a plywood plank. A figure with green skin and short hair that blends with its facial stubble serves as the focal point of the mural. The figure is a cyclops, with a large, single eye with a blue iris, long orange nose, large pink lips, and yellow cheeks. In the upper right corner, on a yellow background, black lettering announces to the viewer: "People Have The Power".

The artist deliberately leaves two posters attached to the plywood visible: "Missing Person" posters for a Black woman named Sierra Coombs. 26 year old Coombs was reported missing by her family in Brooklyn, New York on June 5th, 2020. Coombs was found safely on July 13, 2020.

Black women who are reported missing are routinely ignored in news cycles. Without the aid of public awareness, families often struggle to find their loved ones. Although there are countless Black women whose names have not made it to social media, the circulation of Coombs name was widespread and may have resulted in her safe return to her family.

Source

Posted by @Bringing_Back_Bowery on Instagram. Caption: "Amazing Mural by @scooterlaforge at @bowerypoetry"

Rights

Artist: Scooter LaForge
Image: @Bringing_Back_Bowery on Instagram

Publisher

Urban Art Mapping Research Project

Date

Contributor

F.S.

Original Format

Painting on plywood

Files

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Citation

Scooter LaForge, “"People Have The Power" | Bringing Back Bowery,” George Floyd & Anti-Racist Street Art , accessed April 17, 2021, https://georgefloydstreetart.omeka.net/items/show/1698.

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