Troy Davis has spent the last 19 years on death row in the US, despite doubts over his conviction. To raise awareness of this case, Amnesty International have teamed up with German street art collective Mentalgassi to produce a series of works which can currently be seen on railings in central London.
The image of Troy’s face has been split into sections and wheatpasted to the side of the railings so it is hidden when viewed from the front, but becomes visible when approached from the side. The work is part of a campaign entitled Making the Invisible Visible and is aimed at increasing awareness of Amnesty’s ongoing work to support those who are badly treated and imprisoned around the world.
The use of the railings in this work makes the message even more powerful. It’s a striking example of how a well executed and creative idea can help to raise awareness for a cause. If you’re in London and would like to see the installations in the flesh, they can be found at 4-7 Great Pulteney Street and 21 Great Pulteney Street in Soho and at 5 Berners Street, both London W1 (Map).
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Edit: This piece was posted to highlight a creative and well executed concept and to demonstrate that art can be an effective way to highlight causes and create awareness for issues. We’ve posted on similar topics in the past. These pieces of art went up in London in the past couple of days and have been covered on a number of art blogs. From time to time we will post about art news, installations, exhibitions and events happening around the world. Our intention is to highlight inspiring art and artists, and unique ideas.