Dayton Schroeter Pens Essay for New Book: Empty Pedestals

Empty Pedestals book cover

SmithGroup design director Dayton Schroeter has contributed a chapter to the new publication Empty Pedestals: Countering Confederate Narratives through Public Design, edited by Kofi Boone and M. Elen Deming of North Carolina State University. The book "uses a design perspective to explore how monuments to the Confederacy speak to regionalism, racist political agendas, and residual collective pain."

Schroeter's chapter explores the design concept for the experiential installation Society's Cage, conceived in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and exhibited in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Oakland, California. Schroeter discusses how the installation and its design functions as a medium for protest through objective truth-telling.

Empty Pedestals is available for purchase at LSU Press.