Material(s): Belgium black marble, 23K gold
Size/weight: 20cm x 14cm x 14cm / 7⅞ x 5½ x 5½" Approximately 4.5Kg / 10lbs
Start/Completion date: Spring 2020/Fall 2020
Description: Weeping black poppy embedded in stone, 23K gold stamen.
My original inspiration for this sculpture was the anti-glorification of violence and war.
The petals of the poppy are serrated, drawing blood of the unmindful and the oblivious. The golden stamen are captivating, and draw the viewer into the centre of the flower, where the brightly polished Belgium marble reveals the viewer’s reflection, and offers a silent moment of contemplation. The column supporting the flower is riddled with wounds and reminders of a violent past. This was inspired by my visit to the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) in Bassano Del Grappa, Italy, where evidence of gunfire from WW2 remains untouched and immortalized.
The title of this sculpture was inspired by the song “Puppets”, by Leonard Cohen.