Trayvon Martin Mural In Florida Capitol Takes Some Serious Artistic Liberties
August 12, 2013 by Sam Rolley
The Florida State Capitol building in Tallahassee reportedly has a new piece of artwork on display. It depicts a menacing thug shooting at a faceless, hoodie-wearing figure as Rev. Martin Luther King bleeds from the top of his head in the background.
The uninjured bald-headed man, clad in baggy jeans and a black t-shirt, is standing, grasping a pistol with two hands as a fiery blast leaves the muzzle of the weapon. That’s George Zimmerman.
The non-threatening bust, with what appears to be a spatter of blood on the chest, reportedly sports a mirror in place of a face. That’s Trayvon Martin. And it is you, if you should choose to gaze into the mirror.
The mural also sports the phrase “we are all Trayvon” in several different languages.
Miami-based artist, Huong, who evidently isn’t a huge fan of realism, said her 100-square-foot mural is part of a nonprofit effort to promote awareness of human suffering through art.
“The Trayvon Martin trial captured the country like no other had since O.J. Simpson,” she wrote in a description of the mural on her website. “It was more than just a heinous crime, it was social injustice. No one ever imagined that on that dark, rainy night, the life of a young man would be stripped from him in cold blood. Carrying nothing but a bag of Skittles he had just bought from a convenience store, the only crime he committed that night was walking into the path of George Zimmerman.”
Huong wants to take the mural on a cross country tour, hoping to eventually display it in Washington, D.C.
Maybe President Barack Obama will let her hang it in the White House—at least then the President could get an even better idea of how his son who “would look like Trayvon” might look by looking in the mirror. You know… if he had a son.