THE PANZI PROJECT:
Starting in 2017, the Panzi Project directly references the World War I 'remembrance poppy' lapel pins, worn to commemorate soldiers killed in that war. Each 'panzi' is cast from 100% recycled Apple computer housings, and fabricated using donated nickel for the pin backing. The form originated as the cross symbol (and abstracted anus) which adorned previous manhole cover sculptures. Turned now to their side forming an X, the symbolism evokes not just pansy petals, but an abstracted swastika and iron cross, summoning the genocidal histories of LGBT people. These pins establish a dialogue of how this community is seen as both victim and criminal, and the continued struggle of erasure or continuation.
Each purchase of $50.00 will act as a complete donation to The Rainbow Railroad.
THE RAINBOW RAILROAD
In countries all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBTI) people live in basic fear for their freedom, their safety and their lives. They often have nowhere to turn because their government and police not only tolerate but encourage this brutality. Rainbow Railroad exists to help these people get out of danger to somewhere safe. In the spirit of and with homage to the Underground Railroad, the mission of the Rainbow Railroad is to help LGBT people as they seek safe haven from state enabled violence, murder or persecution. Through funds collected by people like you, we’re able to support, provide information, and help to arrange safe transportation for these LGBT people to somewhere in the world where they can live their lives in safety. DONATE DIRECTLY