Shields / Escudos, 2020.⠀
Protest Shields made from decommissioned school buses in Puerto Rico.⠀

Hundreds of schools have closed in Puerto Rico in recent years due to debt crisis austerity programs, Washington neglect and local corruption, natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes), and shifting populations. Over 25 % of public schools on the island have now been shuttered (all pre-Covid). 

The metal bus armor that once protected children while in transit to local schools are here repurposed into protest shields to protect those fighting for the future of our children’s education, and for our right to be self-determined, and free. 

This work is inspired by those who continue to rise up in protest against the violence of racism and colonialism today, both in Puerto Rico and throughout the U.S.

Shields / Escudos
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos Sheet metal from decommissioned school busses in Puerto Rico, wood, acrylic.
Shields / Escudos, 2020
Installed at Art Space, New Haven.
Sheet metal from decommissioned school busses in Puerto Rico, wood, acrylic.
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos Sheet metal from decommissioned school busses in Puerto Rico, wood, acrylic.
Shields / Escudos (front detail), 2020
Sheet metal from decommissioned school busses in Puerto Rico, wood, acrylic.
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos Sheet metal from decommissioned school busses in Puerto Rico, wood, acrylic.
Shields / Escudos (back detail), 2020
Sheet metal from decommissioned school busses in Puerto Rico, wood, acrylic.
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos Corozal, Puerto Rico
Decommissioned school busses
2019-2020
Corozal, Puerto Rico
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos Santurce, Puerto Rico
Shields / Escudos (in process)
2020
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos Santurce, Puerto Rico
Shields / Escudos (in process)
2020
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos
Shields / Escudos (in process)
2020
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos Santurce, Pueto Rico
Shields / Escudos (in process)
2020
Santurce, Pueto Rico
Miguel Luciano Shields / Escudos
Shields / Escudos, 2020
Installed at Art Space, New Haven.