Supposed to Be Sad (2022)

Supposed to Be Sad
Berlin, Germany
Tape Art Crew: Leah Smith, Michael Townsend

With the growing prevalence of cell phone footage, security cam footage, doorbell cam footage, and police body cam footage, we bare more direct witness to violence than ever before. Even casual news consumption exposes us to a consistent stream of videos and images of excessive acts of violence. 

This mural features an elephant pierced by hundreds of arrows, fallen below the watchful eye of security cameras mounted in a tree. Below the elephant runs an underground tunnel filled with flowers and traversed by children, one of whom pops through a manhole to the surface to discover the aftermath of this violent act. The children do not have a solution for this tragedy, but serve as a hint of optimism, even if that optimism is not apparent in the face of such suffering.

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