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8.500 x 31.750 x 1.000 inches
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Lost Children's Icon
Sculpture - Bas Relief Sculpture
This sculpture is inspired by and dedicated to the loss of childhood, both metaphorical & real. Some people find hope in this image, others sadness. I myself cannot decide which emotion takes precedence often it depends upon the day.
When I was in elementary school I often found myself staring at the blurred faces of missing children on the back of my milk carton. The printing was rough, transforming the image into Any Child or Every Child, and it was captioned with the legend HAVE YOU SEEN ME? Those half-defined faces still haunt me. In reflection, I suppose that I could have seen any or many of those faces around me and never even known it.
The true power of those milk cartons was for me the introduction of the idea of human suffering as a present social problem. Those children were just like me. This was a heavy message for a young child to accept. It planted a seed - the spectre of unknown danger and fixed its reality in my mind.
The difficulty that I faced was this, because I was raised in a religious environment, I was constantly being told by my educators in the church that everything was in God's Plan. Something very definitely seemed amiss. That something has remained unresolved in my mind to this day.
Would that I could believe that each of those milk carton children was alright carried away, perhaps from a terrible life into something kinder and better. However, I struggle to accept this notion and the empty tricycles continue to pile up.
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December 6th, 2011
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