Embryo Firearms (1995) by Cornelia Parker

03/17/2011 § Leave a comment

From The Herbert Gallery:

In this work of art, potentially deadly weapons have been transformed into an intriguing but harmless sculpture. These Colt 45 guns are displayed at the earliest stage of production. This is before the mechanisation process necessary to create a viable weapon has started. However, the recognisable shape remains a powerful symbol of the capacity for violence.

Embryo Firearms is part of The Herbert’s Visual Arts collection, which includes a diverse range of paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings.

This sculpture will be one of the objects on display in The Herbert’s new Peace and Reconciliation gallery. This will be a permanent gallery, which will open as part of the redevelopment of the site.

The gallery will explore themes around peace and reconciliation through the stories and experiences of the city and its communities. These themes will be illustrated through a combination of artworks, objects, images and film from The Herbert’s collection. This will be supported by loans from national and international partners. The gallery will open when the redevelopment is completed in 2008.

Visit the Frith Street Gallery website to see other works by Cornelia Parker.

Corenelia Parker’s Bibliography

Article on Cornelia in The Guardian May 2010

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