Friday, August 5, 2011

Sculpture and Al Farrow

Sculpture and Guns part 2

How's this for a frightening sculpture?
 "The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro." by Al Farrow 2007
"The Spine and Tooth of Holy War" draws you in with its impeccable craftsmanship. Only upon really looking at it do you realize that the entire cathedral is made of ammunition shells and many, many guns.

The artist is Al Farrow.
Farrow's series, Reliquaries, takes direct aim at several major religion, illustrating their toxic brew of faith and intolerance. And like the reliquaries of the middle ages, these too contain human bones and teeth.

The theme is a very dark subject matter, but it's part of America's DNA, the right to bear arms. (And sell enough guns and ammo to the entire world to kill us all several times over...) Farrow's work is so meticulous and beautifully executed that there's a child-like marvel at the beauty of the structures. Then you think about all the layers of meaning in the work for days afterward.

See more of his reliquaries, and his other series on Al Farrow's website.

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