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Artist to Project Stories of Violence on Public Library

Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko.
(KWMU staff)
Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU; Greg Allen, NPR

St. Louis – An artist will tell the stories of criminals and crime victims this weekend on the south face of the St. Louis Public Library downtown.

Krzysztof Wodiczko will play audio from interviews with family members of murder victims, as well as inmates at the Missouri state prison in Potosi.

He'll also project video of the speakers' hands on the library.

Wodiczko had planned to present the work on the Old Courthouse, but National Park Service officials objected.

He says the controversy is behind him.

"I think it's more important to stress the opportunity that's finally given to those who want to use this building, rather than to discuss the conflicting positions of various institutions," Wodiczko said.

The St. Louis Projection takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 9 until 11.

To hear a report about the art exhibit, as done by NPR's Greg Allen for Friday's All Things Considered, click here.