Artist creates Statue of Liberty sculpture with refugee twist

New Mexico News

A New Mexico artist is putting his own unique twist on an iconic American symbol. 

Santa Fe sculptor L.C. shank has taken some liberty with his version of Lady Freedom.

He says his latest sculpture was inspired by the millions of migrants and refugees seeking a better life in America, creating a version of the Statue of Liberty that serves as a place of refuge for a migrant child.

“I broke the head off of the Statue of Liberty and dropped it down and cracked it open and when you look inside you see a child curled up asleep,” says Shank. 

He started the sculpture two months ago in response to the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

“It’s an immigration policy that, to my way of thinking, is inhumane and as an artist, I’d thought I’d make a statement,” Shank says. 

In order to build this sculpture, Shank started with a tiny model and scaled it up 60 times.

“It’s something tangible. As a sculpture it’s three dimensional, it’s large, so it’s a powerful symbol,” Shank says. 

Shank says the idea goal of his art is to increase awareness about immigration policies.

Right now, he is raising money to finish the sculpture and have it cast in bronze. After that, he plans to showcase it across the U.S.

“Plan to start here with a launch party then go to LA across the country to Washington D.C.,” Shank says. 

Shank says his passion project is a visual plea to open minds and also restore hope. 

“I want them to be touched by the symbolism of the art,” Shank says. 

Shank hopes to raise more than $40,000 to cover the cost of bronzing the sculpture and travel expenses. 

To donate to Shank’s passion project, click here.

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