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Whose Art Is It an essay by Jane Kramer talked about John Ahearn an artist living in the South Bronx Kramer describes John as a white male living in a predominantly African American and Hispanic community His artworks sparked a great controversy not only in the town but the entire city of New York His intentions were not to offend anyone but he created such a public outcry against his works that will be look backed upon forever John Ahearn was an active part of the community South Bronx is known as a place of suffering poverty crime drugs unemployment and Aids Stimpson 18 but this did not stop Ahearn for making his artworks His earlier works were plaster portraits of the people that lived there Some even displayed them in their homes So he gained acceptance in South Bronx nobody really minded he was white The place became home to him On April 1 1986 the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs began to choose an artist to create a piece in front of a new police station in the 44th Precinct Stimpson 19 With his gained popularity in the town Ahearn was commissioned to make the sculpture He believed that his sculptures should be looked upon as guardian angels or saints He believed that the people in his work should be the everyday real people To commemorate a few of the people having trouble surviving in the street even if they were trouble themselves He wanted the police to acknowledge them and he wanted the neighbors seeing them cast in bronze and up on pedestals to stop and think about who they were and about what he calls their South Bronx attitude Kramer 38 So he turned to his immediate neighbors and casted to make his pieces In 1992 Ahearn created three bronze figures Raymond a Hispanic with his pit bull
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