GUNS N' ROSES
Standing tall and proud as one of the most polished and smoothly finished sculptural works in the Peace Garden, “Guns ‘N Roses” depicts a jovial, cartoonish figure grasping a gun in one hand and a bouquet of roses in the other while sitting atop a stylized, animalistic creature. Seated near the entrance, this statue acts as a beacon for one’s curiosity to be drawn to, delving into the historical inequality that Asheville’s community is built upon. Reaching into many political and social issues, the sculpture initiates a sense of curiosity that should be carried with one throughout the garden.
Content compiled by Jesse Miller
An undercurrent of our society that is pervasive and largely ignored is the systemic oppression of minorities. This community garden serves as a safe place for individuals to educate themselves on which biases in our perspective have lead us to ignore such a monumental issue.
“As leaders for equity, our primary concern is to interrupt those rules that serve, either implicitly or explicitly, to perpetuate opportunity gaps for vulnerable students.” Applying a Racial Equity Frame
"Many view the sculpture as symbolic, leading police officers to be represented through the pig, the gun the 'farmer' is holding as violence and the roses as victims who have suffered from police brutality." Read more of McKenzie Hester's essay on Guns N Roses.
"Homosexual individuals fought back against corrupt police officers and harassment by mobster bar owners. Some might argue that this event marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States." Read more of Ujamaa Chabikuli's response to Guns N Roses.
“Urban renewal displaced and relocated the majority of the residents and businesses in these areas [East Riverside, Stumptown, Hill Street, East End, and Burton Street] effectively dismantling almost every African American community in Asheville.” Stephen Michael Nickollof
“Unfortunately, wealth in this country is unequally distributed by race - and particularly between white and black households… Less wealth translates into fewer opportunities for upward mobility.” Read more about Structural Racism and Systemic Inequality.