Wednesday, December 29, 2004

What would your last meal be?

On New Year's Day before the Rose Bowl my family will sit down for a meal of ham, black-eyed peas and collard greens, all of which in the South one consumes to ensure good luck in the coming year. Not everybody's menu choices bring luck and happiness, though. Mike Stanfill has created a powerful flash animation piece that recounts the last meal requests of Texas Death Row inmates. In an odd, sort of spooky way, the menu lists juxtaposed with the faces of these executed men humanizes them, makes them each individually real for the viewer, not just another Texas death statistic. Check it out.

Via David Elliot

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