Memorial Pillar

2018, Ceramic and porcelain with brass bullet casings and gold

Commissioned by the Robby Poblete Foundation for the Art of Peace

Inspired by late Victorian civic and funerary memorials, the shape of the Memorial Pillar is a familiar shape for commemorating the dead. In Victorian iconography, an urn is a symbol of everyman.

To make the piece, casts of the gun parts were shaped into organic, floral decorative elements in clay. By casting multiples, the shapes of the mechanical death dealers become abstracted, but still recognizable at closer inspection.

The intention of this piece is to provide a space for people to remember the people and things they have lost to gun violence. It was acquired by Buck Kamphausen to create a permanent memorial for victims of gun violence at the Skview Memorial Park.