elaine longtemps america homeland

CORKGUN, paint, cord, mason line, string, cork, inkjet printing on fabric, iridescent stainless-steel paint, 33"x17"x12" (with pedestal 41"x23"x17")

This piece was inspired by the shooting of a young boy in the projects who was playing cops and robbers with his friends and a toy gun that shot only a cork. Mistaken by the project security police for a gunman, the young boy was shot dead. The story is told on the fabric strips with the cork symbolizing the corkgun and the white symbolizing innocence, the metal symbolizing the police gun, and the red symbolizing the tragedy and the spilled blood of the child.

Photography by D. James Dee