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Monday, November 25, 2013

War to War; popular peacekeepers with guns

There's an amazing display at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami by artist Ahmed Al-Bahrani, called "War to War." The exhibit starts December 2 and runs through January 3, but the sculptures are there now. On December 3, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado will hold a ceremony to welcome the statues to the city at 3 pm. The Gary Nader Art Centre is presenting the exhibit.

This new series by Iraqi sculptor Ahmed Al-Bahrani stands against war and gun violence; a breakthrough in contemporary art. Al-Bahrani’s repertoire of large-scale sculptures creates a state of affairs in receptors contrary to what they’re comfortable with, by interacting conventional and unconventional symbols. For instance, above is Muhammad Ali in his boxing trunks, holding a gun.

Here is Charlie Chaplin, below is Michael Jackson. The sculptures are people we know, who we presume would not have anything to do with guns and violence.

The statues are much larger than life; they are on the lawn right off Biscayne Boulevard. 
Admission is free. It's worth the visit. 

Most striking are Mother Teresa and Gandhi. 

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