Saturday, July 3, 2021

Monument to Joe Louis - Robert Graham

We just learned about the sculpture Truncated Pyramid Room by Bruce Nauman.

Another famous American sculpture is the Monument to Joe Louis by Robert Graham made in 1985 in Detroit, Michigan.

Graham was born in Mexico, and when he was 6 years old his family moved to California where he went to college to learn about art.

The monument to Joe Louis was made to honor the famous boxer Joe Louis, one of the best boxers of all time.

Joe Louis had a very hard time growing up and in the sport of boxing because he was a black African American person, and there were a lot of people who were racist and did not like to see African American people winning at things.

Because he kept winning and was a champion for many years, he was someone that other black people could look up to and have hope for a better future.

The sculpture is a 24 foot bronze arm, made as a copy of Joe Louis' arm.
It is hanging from a frame, and the fist actually can swing back and forth like it is punching.
This was meant to be a symbol of how the power of his arm helped fight against racism.

(from: wikipedia - monument to joe louis)

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