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$26,000+ Raised to Rebuild Oakland’s Stolen Breonna Taylor Sculpture

Black Lives Matter sculpture installed two weeks ago was damaged then stolen. $26k has been raised to help rebuild it.
By - posted 12/29/2020 No Comment

A rally is being planned by the artist of the Breonna Taylor sculpture in Oakland that was vandalized and stolen.

Rally with the Artist – 12/29 at 3:30pm
The ceramic sculpture of Breonna Taylor has been stolen and likely completely destroyed. The vandals are continuing their campaign of intimidation against the Black Lives Matter Movement and we must resist their attempt to erase Breonna’s image. I will be hosting a press conference and rally at Latham Square at 3:30 today where we will be filling the base with concrete.

Update 12/29/20 at 12:37pm – Please note we don’t see this rally listed on social media anywhere, so details may change, but were messaged directly by the artist. Follow Leo Carson on Facebook and Instagram

Just two weeks ago, a sculpture of Breonna Taylor (a Kentucky woman who was killed by police inside her home in Louisville earlier this year) was installed in Oakland’s Latham Square.

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The day after Christmas, the bust was smashed and partially destroyed. On December 29, the bust was completely gone.

A GoFundMe campaign was launched, seeking $5,000 to help artist Leo Carson rebuild the sculpture. As of December 31st the fundraiser was at $26,444 from 639 different people including one from Leo Housekeeper earlier this morning for the entire $5,000 requested.

The artist seemed to be aware of the possibility of the sculpture disappearing having posted on Facebook on December 20th “I’ve since received threats to take it down and also encouragement from neighbors and community. I’m not sure how long it will stay up, but I hope it’s for a long time.”

Any additional funds left over after the rebuild will be donated to Breonna Taylor’s Family.

Rebuild the Breonna Taylor Sculpture in DT Oakland
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After spending months creating this artwork it was incredible to see the community and neighbors taking photos and enjoying it. Now I am devastated and enraged to see it in pieces. This was an act of racist aggression and we need to show them we will not stand for it.

Several people have reached out asking about how they can help with the repairs. The best way to prevent further damage would be to rebuild her in bronze. As an unemployed server this isn’t something I can afford to do on my own.

The bronze casting process will take months to complete and the base will also have to be reconstructed to support the additional weight.

Any funds over the cost of rebuilding will be donated to Breonna Taylor’s family

 

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