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Phalaenopsis jordanii

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I seem to have moved from making botanical pieces from discarded armaments, to making botanical works that look like armaments! The faux botanical name for this piece is derived from a genus of orchid ('Phalaenopsis') together with the middle name ('Jordan') of the gentleman who invented the Gatling Gun, Dr. Richard Gatling - because the ways the stems are constructed and held togther looks a little like a Gatling Gun, stood on end. Incidentally, Jordan is also the name of Dr. Richard Gatling's father, who was a planter. I was quite taken with Richard Gatling's stated objectives in creating his fearsome weapon: "It occurred to me that if I could invent a machine – a gun – which could by its rapidity of fire, enable one man to do as much battle duty as a hundred, that it would, to a large extent supersede the necessity of large armies, and consequently, exposure to battle and disease [would] be greatly diminished." I suppose you could consider this alongside the modern-day nucleur bomb, which causes so much destruction that world powers are frightened to use it - thus maintaining the status quo... and then the little guys get hold of it.....

Materials: copper, brass
Dimensions: 29" x 27" x 42" (74cm x 69cm x 107cm)
Weight: 5lb (2Kg)

This piece has been seen recently at Altered States and Avebury Manor.

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