Nari Ward’s We the People


Here are the  first three words of the U.S. Constitution—“We the people…”

There – collecting and constructing was Nari Ward

Shoelaces from the public. People from all walks of life.

Using what they gave him to make a huge statement about government and history and time.

About the Artist: Nari Ward was born in St. Andrew Jamaica and now lives in New York.

I took these photos at the New Museum, however; this mural can be found at the New York Historical Society.

We the People

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This piece is in the New York Historical Society and is done by Nari Ward (b. 1963). He used the shoelaces of students and museum goers.

Ward used the first three words of the U.S. Constitution as the focus of his work to make the viewer think about reasons the Constitution was written, who was it written for? Who are We? Who are the People?