As created in Baltimore, Maryland, September 2017
In the spirit of moral statements buried in the guise of still life’s in Europe in the 17th-18th centuries, we have designed this piece to make a statement on our current administration.
From a base drawn in the interior samples from Trump Tower NYC Lobby, that is tacky brass, black marble, a bust of what I call the thoughtful (moral) person hovers. The bust is wrapped in 18k gold barbed wire, the left side of the bust has red, white, blue streams following the edge symbolizing America.
The Freedom is expressed with bright butterflies escaping the barbed wire – free expression, the strength of the Constitution and American Principles victorious: free. Breaking free of oppressive thought and behavior this current administration is trying to impose upon the American People.
Anthony Cappetto and Wendy Stum
The weather was pleasant, allowing us to bring our statement to life... Below are details from the piece...
There is the rough beauty in the art which expresses our message...
We felt that in this current social/political climate in America that a statement needed to be made in favor of the true strength of the American People against oppression, many different 'isms', and a recollection of our Nation's true ideals of Optimism and the highest ethical, moral aspects of our People.