As contentious statues come down all across America it’s time to place symbols of progress in their stead. The Pedestal Project is born of the vision that we should have the freedom to choose icons who truly represent where we want to be as a nation. That we should have the means to have an active voice in the movement for racial justice as we stand up against decades of systemic hate, oppression and inequality. Because the time for change can no longer wait.
The Pedestal Project is an Augmented Reality experience that lets you replace symbols of racism with symbols of equality.
We partnered with a Black Fine Artist and a CGI Modeler to blend the physical with the digital in order to create each of our statues. Detailed sketches were turned into 3D sculptures that not only had depth of expression, authenticity and soul, but also all the functionality and interactivity of a digital model.
Spencer Evans is a figurative draftsman, painter and sculptor who aims to tell detailed stories by using the imagery of specific moments. The aim of his work is to contextualize relationships between internal conflict and external circumstance based on his experience. His choice of clothing and dramatic poses/facial expressions in the work is used to reference shared experiences rooted in identity and culture within the Black community. He sees Black expression as a heroic form of communication from one generation to the next because it has existed despite direct violent opposition. It is heroic as overt revolutionary acts as well as survival-based assimilation and everything in between.
Evans was born in Houston, TX and earned his BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Missouri and his MFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. His work has most recently been shown at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of African American Culture.
Color of Change is the largest online racial justice organization in America and is actively fighting to end the war on Black people.