About This Artwork

Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

Cleveland Elementary School, 20 East Fulton Street, Stockton, California, August 1994, printed September 1996

Chromogenic print, from the series "On This Site: Lanscape in Memoriam," edition 1 of 7
47.4 x 59.7 cm (image/paper); 63.2 x 75.9 cm (mount)
Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on mount, along bottom edge, in black ink: "JS.221.0 1/7 Cleveland Elementary School, 20 East Fulton Street, Stockton, California, August 1994 N-August 1994 / P-September 1996 Joel Sternfeld"


Four hundred children were playing in this schoolyard on January 17, 1989, when a twenty-four-year-old man dressed in combat fatigues entered the grounds through a hole in the fence. Patrick Purdy, who once attended the school, opened fire with two handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle. In a two-minute shooting spree, Purdy killed five children and wounded thirty, before killing himself. In Purdy’s motel room, police found over a hundred small plastic soldiers, tanks, and weapons.

From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam

Gift of Jeanne and Richard S. Press, 1998.848




Interpretive Resources

View mobile website