Nine-foot-tall statue of Leonard Peltier
Published November 17, 2017
LOS ANGELES – Artist Rigo 23 began work on a statue of prominent Native American activist and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, in 2016. Before the statue was installed at American University, Rigo took its feet to sites of Native significance across the U.S., including Alcatraz Island, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. He then invited the public and supporters to stand and be photographed on the feet of Peltier in solidarity.
In advance of The Main’s upcoming exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves, a one-day program will bring the feet of the statue to Beta Main, test site for The Main. The public will once again be invited to stand on the feet of the statue in support of Peltier, political prisoners, and all Indigenous peoples facing persecution. Participants will be photographed by LA-based Navajo photographer Pamela J. Peters.
A selection of Peters’ photographs taken during the program will be on view at Beta Main, alongside the complete statue, as part of Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves beginning February 25, 2018.
Stand in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 1 – 4 p.m. – PST
Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown – Los Angeles, Californai 90013