Hank Willis Thomas, the conceptual artist who works primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture unveiled the new iconic public artwork entitled “All Power to All People.” The installation of the piece by the award-winning, internationally acclaimed artist, in partnership with the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), comes during the great awakening of America. The installation sits on the campus of the emerging THRIVE Innovation District Center. Its presence highlights the commitment of the OLCDC’s President/CEO, Dr. Willie Logan who affirmed, “Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world, which is why we’re committed to building up our community through cultural activities and public art such as this one.”

The stunning piece of art boasts stainless steel teeth topped with a clenched fist often associated with rising up out of oppression, unity, and black pride.

Cast in aluminum, 8-feet-tall, and over 800 pounds with a high gloss black coating, the breathtaking structure emphasizes a key symbol in the vast history of black Americans. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad and Hank highlighted, “[The Afro pick] is a small symbolic gesture but a potent one, as the imagery has long been connected to beauty, cultural representation, and self-love.”

Armed with honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Hank continues to bring people together highlighting community, strength, and perseverance using his artistry and influence to spearhead the movement.

Hank Willis Thomas exhibits some of his latest work on his Instagram.

You can find more information about the artist here.