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Words Can Hurt You

The 99%

A 6’ 3” steel column sculpture is embedded with stars representing U.S. citizens. 99% of people at the bottom support the upper 1%. A gold crown & prickly Tweeter-bird-adorned chalice on top symbolize the power of our president. Pouring out of the Tweeter birds are streams of water, the unending tweets from our Commander-in-Chief. Water flows over a block of salt & then over the column into a "melting pot". The crown supporting the chalice will sag as the salt underneath it disappears. Over time, the sculpture will change as the saltwater "words" erode the steel star "citizens". Medals stamped with human rights laws, Constitutional Amendments, & Supreme Court cases hang on stars. Much like laws & protections of our country, they can be easily removed & eroded with destructive words. The Preamble to the Constitution is written on a blackboard floor cloth under the column. Viewers are invited to participate in political discussion in the handmade book that rests on the steel podium.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 5 feet
  • Medium: Steel, hand-made book
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 6 feet 3 inches

About The 99%

Our team represents the 99% of U.S. citizens who do not have the means to buy political influence but who are still affected by the decisions of our government. We are three artists, one is an art educator & two are working steel artists. As U.S. citizens, we wanted to generate political discussion in the only way we felt we could make an impact, via art.