Headstart AM & PM, 2012
Cast pigmented plaster
John Ahearn lifecasts people in a public context and creates sculpture/documents of the community. Ahearn began his career in 1979 at Fashion Moda in the South Bronx, and has since been an important contributor to public art both in the Bronx and internationally. For This Side of Paradise, Ahearn has collaborated with the local Headstart program, housed in the ground floor of the Andrew Freedman Home, and The Bronx Children´s Museum. He has been meeting regularly with the children to create plaster casts of the their hands to represent the community within the building today. After the exhibition, the most of the sculpture will stay with the Headstart program.