A small crowd of figures gathers around the body of a dead man and a fainting woman in the center of this bronze panel. The dead man's body and the two men holding his burial shroud appear in the foreground, while the fainting woman and the three women and the man who support her are positioned immediately above and behind them. Another woman with loose, flowing hair leans forward to kiss the left hand of the dead man, uniting the two parts of this central group. Four other male figures, rendered in slightly smaller scale and lower relief, look on from the sides. Three crosses provide the backdrop to the drama. The central cross is empty, yet two twisting nude males are suspended from the crosses on either side.
This bronze panel depicts the removal of Christ from the cross, which looms empty in the background. His muscular body, held by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, lies in calm repose at the center of a storm of grief. Mary Magdalene, her hair unbound, leans sharply forward to kiss Christ's left wrist, while the Virgin Mary falls back in a faint into the arms of three women and St. John the Evangelist. Great sweeps of drapery augment the impassioned responses of the figures. Four onlookers stand to the sides and the two thieves, their bodies naked and twisted, still hang on their crosses.
Text: Spade Your Garden Now - It Muse Feed You Better Next Year - The Poster Contributed by Swift and Company - War Garden Bureau = Food Production and Conservation Committee - State Council of Defense of Illinois
metal figural sculpture made of decommissioned AK-47s welded together
Vichet’s Apsara is a fierce and foreboding anti-war goddess constructed by welding together decommissioned AK-47s. She wears a crown, and stands on a heap of discarded guns, while breaking another gun in half with her bare hands. The sculpture was a part of the Peace of Art Project to promote a Cambodia without weapons.
The philosopher Democritus sits dejectedly amid funereal surroundings, brooding upon the fleeting nature of human life and achievement. Although famed for laughing at even serious matters in order to show their insignificance, he falls silent here, overwhelmed by the accumulated signs of death and impermanence.
A bearded man sits in a cemetery upon a stone block and leans on a sarcophagus with his head in his hand. A book sits in his lap. Sarcophagi, obelisks, and funerary urns surround him. The bones and body parts of humans and animals along with a discarded helmet and books are strewn across the foreground.
The philosopher Democritus sits dejectedly amid funereal surroundings, brooding upon the fleeting nature of human life and achievement. Although famed for laughing at even serious matters in order to how their insignificance, he falls silent here, overwhelmed by the accumulated signs of death and impermanence.