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Artist recreates inmates' last meals

Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 - 01:31

July 26 - A Brooklyn artist recreates the last meals of famous death row inmates and captures them on film to hopefully start a dialogue about the death penalty. Tara Cleary reports.

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THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Brooklyn artist Henry Hargreaves won't be eating the chicken he's frying. It's for a replica of the last meal consumed by death row inmate, Teresa Lewis. Hargreaves has made a series of 10 photographs in which he recreates the last meals of infamous offenders executed in the U.S.A. SOUNDBITE: Henry Hargreaves, artist, saying (English): "It just really kind of struck me that for one second, these people became people in my mind as opposed to just statistics and monsters and what have you. It was like - you've got to see a little glimpse at their personality by what food they were selecting." The meals are as diverse as the people who ordered them. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh ordered mint chocolate chip ice cream. Serial killer, Ted Bundy declined a special meal and was given a "traditional" - steak, eggs, hash browns and coffee. And Angel Nievez Diaz had no appetite. Thirty-three U.S. states allow capital punishment. And Hargreaves hopes his work will spark a conversation about the death penalty. SOUNDBITE: Henry Hargreaves, artist, saying (English): "I am not trying to preach whether I think it's right or wrong, this practice; hopefully someone will think for a moment and consider these things." The collection, entitled "No Seconds" will be on show in September in Massachusetts. Tara Cleary, Reuters.

Artist recreates inmates' last meals

Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 - 01:31

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