"16 Shots" is one of Hibbert's most emotional pieces. The painting is a memorial to Laquan McDonald, the 17-year old boy fatally shot by the Chicago Police Department while walking away. He was initially moved to create the piece while listening to a song by Vic Mensa (a rapper and Chicago-native) expressing his anger over the shooting. Below is Hibbert's statement about the piece and the emotional process of creating it:
"I took a very large canvas - 5ft x 6ft into a large loading dock at two in the morning and spray painted it with a special spray paint so it looks and feels like asphalt. I propped the canvas against the wall, walked about 15 feet away, took a yoga ball, dipped it into a bucket of black paint and hurled it at the canvas as hard as I could - 16 times. Once for each time Laquan McDonald was shot by the Chicago Police Department.
The entire loading dock echoed with the impact of the ball hitting the canvas.
I got to seven times and was ready to quit.
I felt like I was murdering the canvas.
I had to push myself to 16. It disturbed me. It made me wonder, "If I can only hit this canvas 7 times, what kind of hate do you have to have to shoot a man 16 times?"
I let the canvas dry. It was sitting in that empty dock, propped against the wall and dripping paint. I walked away, removed my gloves, and disposed of the evidence of what had just happened. I had murdered Laquan Mcdonald in that loading dock and left him on the wall to dry.
When you look at the piece, not only do you see the large marks from where the ball hit canvas, but you also see some small paint marks that were created naturally from the impact. Like bullet fragments when you shoot something or someone in real life. Those fragments to me represent the fragments that hit every black person when we see another innocent black life shot and killed by police. We each take a hit every time it happens. And when you go to work the next day, feeling drained, and unable to focus.. it's because you're bleeding and don't even know it. You've been hit with a fragment."