A piece containing a trio of illuminated crosses, called “Faith is No Match for Man’s Retribution,” refers indirectly to North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey’s November 2015 post-election comment, which many in the black community interpreted as a threat against them.
“It was a rather nasty election and I will not forget the nastiness and there will be some retribution in the future,” Summey said at the time. Soon after, he attempted to clarify his remark: “By retribution I mean that we are going to make sure we do what needs to be done in the communities that need it. Don’t sit here and fight us in trying to make communities better. If I have a chance to do something in your neighborhood and you’re going to resist and I’ve got another neighborhood that’s willing to work with me, I’m not going to waste my time with you.”
The installed artwork references urban blight and civic failure, Williams said. The façade mimics the physical state of disrepair found among many structures in the city. The metal mesh and flashing colored lights are akin to what one finds at a corner bodega in an area without supermarkets. The crosses represent hope and faith.
“Residents view the local government as not helpful,” he said.
- Adam Park, Post & Courier