#133 Death & Destruction
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This piece is an expression of empathy for those who lost everything in the recent natural disasters.
One week ago families across America sat down to their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Some were elaborate, others simple, but most were savored in a warm, cozy home at a familiar table.
But not for those whose homes were destroyed in recent fires and hurricanes. Many shared Thanksgiving dinner with strangers in shelters and even tents. Some made new friends. Some reflected on how their lives had been overtaken by ostentatious surroundings. But none were at home.
Others were too concerned about missing loved ones to partake in Thanksgiving dinner. Not to mention where they were going to live, how to survive, the deep pang of loss — homes, furnishings, valuable possessions and even cash that was stashed away in their homes. In many cases, livelihood, as companies they worked for, or their home offices, were also destroyed.
The most devastating and excruciating loss was that of loved ones: parents, children, siblings, relatives, friends, and pets.
At Thanksgiving, no less.
It is hard to comprehend. It is sad.
I created this piece to empathize with those less fortunate. I felt it might bring closure to some, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a morbid piece. Maybe reflective. I just felt it and created it.
The colors and effects I chose for the sensations in the fallen ampersand represent fire, water and seismic activity, all natural forces. It’s ironic that elements such as fire, wind and water can be tremendously beneficial and also terrifyingly disastrous.
I don’t know what to say to help the victims of these recent disasters or past disasters, as some things are never forgotten, never recovered, forever mourned as a void that’s deep as one’s soul. If you have any words of comfort please leave them here.
Here’s my closing thought:
Doesn’t natural disaster cause enough death & destruction? Why does man add to it with war and crime?
Please comment here.
Production notes for #133 Death & Destruction:
Original size: 20x30 inches
Program: Adobe Illustrator
Font: Helvetica Ultra Compressed (modified)
Ampersand: Helvetica Ultra Compressed (modified)
Background image: depositphotos.com
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