© Push, 2019, Steel, 84 x 24 inches
This sculpture speaks to the struggle that the at-risk youth at George Junior Republic, and many youth throughout the world, experience.
Jim West’s statement on the “life-changing” experience of collaborating with at-risk youth art students: “Yes, I wanted them to be responsible. What I did not know was that they were being responsible in their own way from their home environment: worrying about their sister being raped or a brother being shot, taking care of their mother, being estranged from an incarcerated father, and thinking that they will likely not live past the young age of 18. We need to help at-risk youth change their environment and the way that they look at responsibility and, in turn, the way we look at them.”