The Helmet Project

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Fifty steel helmets hang from the ceiling just below eye level in the configuration of a circle. (Or another configuration, depending on the space. They are spaced far enough apart for a person to walk through the circle and examine them intimately. Each helmet is covered with the original handwritten notes of foreign correspondents. The text is partially legible beneath the painted iconography, but the legibility is not as important as the authenticity of the notes, which in some cases have been saved for decades by the journalists who wrote them. The overall feeling as one walks through the space is one of reflection. The helmets have been used in battles, and the journalists' notes record the despair of people trapped by war, poverty, and political oppression. Ultimately, the helmets encircle the visitor in the journalists’ quests for truth, honoring their ability to bring us stories from embattled places on the earth.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 10 to 20 ft average
  • Medium: Steel pot military helmets
  • Width: 10 to 20 average
  • Year created: 2009
  • Height: 8 ft average