Fragment POMZ M2
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There is no doubt that classical sculpture is revered in its own right, but Blake examines its role in history in a unique way. He created the Fragments sculptures as representations of great civilizations that glorified war and military expansion. And yet, these are beautiful works of art that stand alone from their historical reference to violence.
These works invite us to re-consider our notions of classical beauty just as new archeological finds challenge our established views of history. Blake’s ambition is not to copy ancient forms, nor is it to extol their beauty. In their de-constructed state, these sculptures raise awareness about the destructive nature of war and its devastating effect on innocent people.
The Fragments do not represent gods, great heroes or mythical figures. Their names are not taken from history books, but named for brands (yes there are brands) of landmines. Adam m72. Claymore M18A1. Sadeye CBU -75. These names hold the fate of individuals just as those from history did.
Their bronze faces are as anonymous as the civilian casualties of war, relegated too often to numerical lists and ambiguous news reports. These sculptures are beautiful, worn down, and yet conversely, full of life and triumph as symbols of survival and a hopeful future.