Protest, installed initially on Public Square as a temporary public artwork, is by Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan ‘LEk’ Jeyifous. The installation series was initially created in 2017 as part of LANDFORM and is now permanently installed outside the Cleveland Public Library Langston Hughes Branch.

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I was inspired by the history of protests, peace rallies, and civic gatherings that have taken place in Public Square and wanted to acknowledge this tradition through these large-scale characters engaged in various forms of that practice. There is 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, and a moment of reconciliation between protesters of differing views or camaraderie between the two individuals sharing a hug.

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Olalekan Jeyifous

Olalekan Jeyifous received a BArch from Cornell University and is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work re-imagines social spaces that examine the relationships between architecture, community, and the environment. He has exhibited at esteemed venues, ...

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