Wild Beasts: Terrorism

Terrorism is one of the 10 Modern Plagues.  It is loosely associated with the biblical plague Wild Beasts. Terrorism is definitely a modern plague. The cost to our society is enormous, not just financially, but practically, and emotionally.   

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The Idea Behind

The fractured elements are symbolic of how terrorism fractures our society.  It is not just the impact of one terrorist incident or the loss of life. This goes beyond the cost to develop the  infrastructure to prevent terrorism, or pay for the insurance, or delays caused by security screening. The biggest impact of terrorism is the fear that we are not safe in our own communities, that we can not trust our neighbor, or that a stranger from another country may be perceived as our enemy rather than as a friend.   

Wild Beasts - Terrorism In Progress

Test shot on my living room wall. 

The black shadow of the Hebrew letter floats in front of the wall as if it were written by the hand of G_d in the air. 

Wild Beasts - Terrorism In Progress

Close up image of the triangles.

There will be a vibrating motor attached to the back of each letter so that the triangles will spontaneously move and vibrate. The movement makes the most amazing sound. 


Behind the Scene Working in the Studio 

From the early steps in the construction and assembly to the final steps towards completion.

The letter shadows were constructed from large sheets of steel from vintage steel dollhouse roof. The edges are rolled over for structural strength. 

The letter shadows were constructed from large sheets of steel from vintage steel dollhouse roof. The edges are rolled over for structural strength. 

Working on another letter, cutting all the triangles.  It is a real challenge to create this metaphor for fracturing of society...and retain some level of organization.

Working on another letter, cutting all the triangles.  It is a real challenge to create this metaphor for fracturing of society...and retain some level of organization.

The rolled edge keeps the letter on a more even plane, yet it feels a lot more dimensional like it was written by the hand of G_d in the air. 

The rolled edge keeps the letter on a more even plane, yet it feels a lot more dimensional like it was written by the hand of G_d in the air. 

I developed a method for attaching the wire to the triangular elements.  Every one of these brass fixtures needs to be cut into individual elements.

I developed a method for attaching the wire to the triangular elements.  Every one of these brass fixtures needs to be cut into individual elements.

After I created the letter shadow, I created a second identical letter cut into triangular shapes trying to keep all these pieces in some semblance of order.

After I created the letter shadow, I created a second identical letter cut into triangular shapes trying to keep all these pieces in some semblance of order.

Every wire needed a small brass fixture riveted to the triangular elements and soldered to the back of the letter so they could float out into the air.

Every wire needed a small brass fixture riveted to the triangular elements and soldered to the back of the letter so they could float out into the air.

The paint must be scrapped  off the letter before soldering. 

The paint must be scrapped  off the letter before soldering. 

This whole assembly of the letter took forever. So many parts, so many details. 

This whole assembly of the letter took forever. So many parts, so many details. 

Here you can see the triangular elements hovering over the letter. The letter will be painted black last.   

Here you can see the triangular elements hovering over the letter. The letter will be painted black last. 

 

Constructing the hanging system for Terrorism

constructing the hanging system for Terrorism sculpture

This is the beginning of the construction for the hanging system for Terrorism. This is particularly difficult because the artwork hangs on the wall but it still has to be able to move and vibrate.

Stay tuned for more photos of the fabrication of Terrorism.