About the Work
Protest, the second iteration of the Landform public art series is a major new installation created by Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan ‘LEk’ Jeyifous in Cleveland’s Public Square. Landform is a series of projects of varying scale and medium developed by a diverse group of local, regional, and international artists, and is made possible through a generous grant from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation.
LEk was inspired by the history of protest, peace rallies, and civic gatherings that have taken place in Public Square and wanted to acknowledge this tradition through large-scale characters engaged in various forms of that practice.The sculptures show an element of passion and peaceful dissent in the man and woman holding megaphones, a calmer form of public engagement in the person holding up flyers or newspapers, a moment of reconciliation between protesters of differing views or camaraderie between the two individuals sharing a hug.
Protest consists of four steel silhouettes showing images of people peacefully protesting or making a stand. Each sculpture weighs nearly one ton and is positioned on a large metal base. The silhouettes average about 10 feet in height and are stabilized by seating platforms at the base of each sculpture, creating new spots to gather in Public Square. Protest will be in place for about eight months, after which the individual pieces will be moved to other locations yet to be determined.