To Protest? or To Disrespect?

During the Fall of 2017 I created a design installation with the purpose of invoking social commentary. I focused on the national debate about athletes kneeling during the national anthem. Current free agent and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, started this movement two years prior in order to bring attention to social injustices surrounding public official's treatment of African Americans. Kaepernick's movement sparked this national debate due to people's reactions to his actions. Some people feel that the act of kneeling during the national anthem greatly disrespect's the nation and people who serve for the nation. Other people greatly admire Kaepernick's sense of pride and protest.

I portrayed my installation through a stencil of Kaepernick kneeling with the type “To Protest? Or To Disrespect?” surrounding him. I spraypainted this stencil on the pages of the Boston Globe sports pages and tiled them into a coordinated layout. I made two versions of the same layout and installed them in two of the most famous sports neighborhoods in Boston. The first installation was outside of Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) and the second was outside of TD Garden (home of the Boston Celtics).

Installation


Design & Development by Pilar Pagan O'Connor