It's made with the best of intentions, honoring all who've served in the US military....but does it really mean what it is saying?
A US soldier with a rifle is standing atop the deserted world. A man, a gun, an empty planet under surveillance.
The large globe is perfunctorily modeled. Gobs of clay smeared randomly, lumpy mashed potatoes for the Himalayas.
No beauty of the seven seas is rendered. Instead grid lines of rational thought. There's not even attention paid to US war sites: Vietnam, Korea, etc
The pedestal allows water to pool around the base, and contributes to the unintentional illusion that the world sphere is deflating.
The sculpture is sited along a green walk, inviting reflection.
It made me think how important it is for sculptors to draw everything out - both forms AND ideas, before beginning modeling.
A good idea may not be the right idea.
|Deflating world view.|