A look at the ‘Demand Justice’ sculpture that appears for only 45 minutes at a time
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CHICAGO – As a new day dawns on Chicago’s lakefront, a massive, heavy sculpture slowly makes its way to a new home – at least for the next 45 minutes.
âI think for me, what I really connect with, carrying it and carrying it, is that it connects me to the message of the wrestling that it represents,â said Chicago artist ‘Demand. Justice ‘, Maxwell Emcays.
As in life, the message is not always clear at first, hidden in a complicated web until you step back and the words “Ask for justice” appear boldly.
âIt’s just a constant theme that’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember – the idea of ââhaving to seek justice,â Emcays said.
Words connecting the silhouettes of two men who gave their lives fighting for her over 50 years ago.
“With Malcom X connected to his mind, one thing he said was freedom for everyone or freedom for no one, and Martin Luther King, who was sometimes seen as passive, said that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. It is demanded, “Emcays said.
two civil rights leaders with radically different approaches to the same goal. âAnd that’s what it’s all about in this room,â Emcays said. “Whether you’re on this side of the room or on this side, on this side of the conversation or that side, I think the middle is a place we should all go.”
Emcays uses his art to activate humanism.
âIt’s really wonderful the conversations they spark and the energy they give off. To watch people stop and think and contemplate and have conversations about it, âEmcays said.
These are the moments that motivate Emcays to continue dragging their coin around town, even as the trip takes its toll.
âYou know, it’s real. It’s like life. It breaks. It comes together, âsaid Emcays.
Defending the rights of all is always worth the trip.
To learn more about Emcays’ âDemand Justiceâ pop-up art installation, visit demandjusticechicago.org.
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