Some Call It a Monument, to Jack Ward It Is Only a Sculpture

This wall installation, made with a router to cut grooves into drywall, is the full scale outline of a public sculpture that stands for many as a monument to the Detroit Rebellion of 1967. The uprising, sparked by police brutality, lasted five days and resulted in numerous deaths, injuries, arrests, and significant damage. It has been a scar on the cities memory. And Jack Ward the artist who made the sculpture denies creating a memorial.

Media: Installation, flat black paint on drywall with routered incisions
Dimensions: 10 x 8 feet
Date: 2016
Location: Presented as part of the solo exhibition “Cities of Restless Objects” at Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit

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Jack Ward, Energy Column, 1975, steel with paint (originally flat black), 6' x 6' x 10', public sculpture, Gordon Park, Detroit.