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Redwood City light sculpture takes aim at First Amendment violations

The artwork is on display at the downtown courthouse square now through Oct. 24.
Twelve crowd-control barricades with LED lights are bound together in a disorderly composition to represent acts of resistance.

A large-scale light installation featuring two Cuban-American artists’ take on global resistance is now on display at the Redwood City courthouse square, according to a city news release.

The artwork, designed by Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares, both Miami natives of Cuban descent, comes after a year of multiple protests that took place across the world, including those following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The artists used a photo taken during the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong as the inspiration for the light display named Opposition Camp, which includes 12 crowd control barricades with LED lights bound together “in a disorderly composition to represent acts of resistance,” according to the city news release.

Opposition Camp takes aim at the "ubiquitous nature of the barricade and its… intent to protect and control,” according to the news release. The art is part of the Art Kiosk initiative from Fung Collaboratives and is commissioned and funded by the Redwood City Improvement Association. It includes a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

The exhibit is on display through Oct. 24.

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