racist dogs

racist dogs

This sculpture is one of several “interactive” monuments in Kelly Ingram Park, north of the Baptist church where a KKK bomb killed four young African-American girls in 1963. Artist James Drake’s 1991 work depicts snarling police dogs made of scrap iron leaping inward from two walls on either side of the park’s walkway. Visitors can stand between and try to imagine the terror when civil rights marchers were assaulted with the canines and water cannons — which, by the way, are also in the park, and can be pivoted to point toward a sculpture of two cowering protesters. (source)

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model Mamiya RB67 (Ilford XP2 400)

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  1. after the wooden sculptures, welcome metallic ones :) a great one

    yzDecember 10th, 2012 at 14:23
  2. That’s very cool. The monument prompts me to remember… I can still visualize those old black and white images of the police assaults with their dogs. Fantastic post.

    Doug HickokDecember 10th, 2012 at 21:33
  3. Great capture of this vicious looking beast.

    SteveDecember 10th, 2012 at 22:51
  4. That is an ominous presence. I wasn’t even sure what it was on first viewing.

    buntagphotoDecember 11th, 2012 at 02:25
  5. interesting this series of sculptures, in this one i like the brilliant blur effect in background

    fabrizioDecember 11th, 2012 at 04:11
  6. that’s awful, racism is satanic

    Elaine-December 12th, 2012 at 05:35
  7. Dogs can really be scarey. great angle.

    NickDecember 12th, 2012 at 12:09
  8. i’ve always seen the films using german shepherds and this doesn’t look like a shepherd to me

    sherriDecember 13th, 2012 at 14:32
  9. Bouhhhh Impressionnant !…
    Ton explication, c’est affreux.)

    tatar@y.December 14th, 2012 at 08:22
  10. I like this dramatic action in this statue. Fine work…and good shot to capture it’s look.

    DonDecember 21st, 2012 at 10:55

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