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Artist(s): Martin Harris, United States

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Proposal Title: The Price of War, 05/05/2010, Sculpture

Proposal Synopsis: When conceiving my idea for the Iraqi Memorial, I had one thought in mind: What is the price of an innocent human life? To me it seems that the Bush administration decided that innocent human lives are worth less than the prospect of acquiring foreign oil. For my proposal I intended to create a piece that represented this concept, and I believe that I have successfully done so. It represents our nation's dependency on foreign oil, even at the price of life. My piece, entitled "The Price of War" consists of a replication of a human heart painted with the Iraq flag to represent the innocent Iraqi civilians that have been killed during "Operation Iraqi Freedom." From this heart would drip a single drop of oil for each time an innocent civilian is killed. The oil would drip into a sculpture in the shape of hands that is painted with an American flag. The oil would collect in the hand shaped sculpture and, eventually, would overflow into a larger pool of oil resting below. I feel this memorial would be best placed in a gallery setting, such as an Iraqi Memorial Gallery, if one was to exist.

Artist's Biography: I am an art student at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Digital Media. I am interested in many forms of art, from painting to web art, drawing to graffiti, and anything in between. The more I surround myself with art of any form the more I am drawn to expand my skills and explore my potential as an artist. At this time, I am not sure where my artwork will take me, but I am excited, because as they say, the journey is half the fun.

Artist's Website: http://www.martinrharrisartwork.blogspot.com/

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