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Terminal Island – You Cannot Incarcerate My Dreams

Peter Heckmann – Larger original artwork from 2014 (53 cm x 78 cm) part of the FCI Terminal Island and Photo Manipulations Series – You Cannot Incarcerate My Dreams – Mixed media with real roses on plywood (photographed and digitally manipulated / enhanced in 2016).

Terminal Island is a large United States – Federal Correctional Institution (Medical Facility) at the harbor of San Pedro, California.


What do you think?

32 Points

Written by Peter Heckmann


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  1. Hello, Peter, you are indeed a maestro of the camera. I love the original qualities of your pieces. Thank you for sharing this one. P.S. I’m curious, Peter, if you should ever produce a single graphic interpretation of my country, South Africa, the so-called “Rainbow Nation” would it be a complex work, or would it be full of cynicism?

    • Hi Andre, thank you very much for your kind comment. South Africa came such a long way. I am an older German musician and have a few personal sad memories of the old days … Soweto and Sun City pop up immediately … the black lists for us white performers by the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) – our visits with SA musicians in Soweto under armed guard. Now, a lot has changed. A lot of wonderful things happened, a few bad things still occur. A painting about the Rainbow Nation should be happy and joyful (bold colors) but also remembering the past, the atrocities…. no cynicism, we had enough of that. You saw some of my work at Niume before, perhaps revisit – there are a few items, which I would use as starting points if given such an (theoretical) assignment … Dancers returning from the fire of Hell or the nameless victims of violence or Humanity as single leaf floating in space and time /post/310379 … food for thoughts and inspiration for you 🙂

  2. Good to see your work here Peter. Welcome. I like the image!
    (oddly in “America – land of the free” we have both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the most prisoners of any developed country in the world — and the largest total prison population of any nation.)

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