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Nice Shoes Faggot(Major's Hill Park)
Nice Shoes Faggot(Major's Hill Park)
woven: wool, thread, lurex
20" x 960"

In August of 1989, Alain Brosseau, a waiter at the Chateau Laurier finished his shift and walked through Major’s Hill Park on his way to Hull. In the park he was chased, beaten and then dropped headfirst off the Alexandria Bridge by a gang of teenagers. As they held him by his ankles off the side of the bridge the last thing his murderers said was “I like your shoes” and they let him go.

At the trial when asked what they were doing in the park that night, one of the young men answered, “We were in the park to roll a queer for a bit of cash”.

Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery

Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for its support of this work.