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Old 11-01-2007, 10:47 AM
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Art inspired by landmine victims

Blake is in the news. These online news stories are about his fund raising sculpture Exhibition in London.

Art inspired by landmine victims

1 Nov 2007. Limbs have been torn off and flesh ripped apart. A woman has a breast missing. Yet the injured bodies are strangely beautiful. They are art - with a difference.

Fragments, a new exhibition of sculptures that has just opened in London, aims to draw attention to the terrible suffering landmines cause.


2007/11/02. A unique sculpture exhibition opened in the central Royal Opera Arcade of London capital, displaying the legacy of unexploded weapons from the wars in countries like Vietnam and Angloa....

Earnings from Blake's entire collection of Fragments sculptures, estimated at 1.2 billion (sic) pounds, will be donated to the No More Landmines Trust organisation to finance its projects on landmines clearance and support victims of unexploded ordnance in Vietnam, Cambodia, Angola and other parts of the world.....



The 20 bronze sculptures by Canadian-born artist Blake were all inspired by landmine victims.

Proceeds from sales of the works will go directly towards tackling the problem.

"It's figurative art, but we call it disfigurative art," says the project manager, Randall Kehrig.

"The sculptures have been deliberately disfigured to draw attention to the issue of landmines. We think this exhibition is unique."

Money raised, the organisers say, will go to "save communities around the world from the horrifying legacy of unexploded weapons".

The No More Landmines Trust will use it for supporting survivors, educational awareness and mine clearance.

Each sculpture is named after a different type of landmine - Butterfly PFM 1, Pineapple Cluster BLU 3, Putkimiina M68 and Apple P-40.

"Sadeye CUB-75" is a man with no eyes.

"Landmines regularly blind people," says Blake. "The exhibition is called Fragments because that's what landmines create. They shatter people's lives. They destroy beauty."

Blake - real name Blake Ward - was inspired to create the sculptures after a spell teaching art in Vietnam in 2003, when he also travelled to Cambodia and was shocked by the number of amputees he saw on the streets. ...


The UN says that landmines kill or maim 15,000 to 20,000 people every year, in about 80 countries. ....

Already, the pre-show sale of one of Blake's sculptures - which sell for between 12,000 and 18,000 - has helped to destroy 318 unexploded weapons around the Vietnamese villages of Hung Loc and Tu Loan, and to carry out a survey of landmines in Angola.

"I see hope in these pieces, even though they're tragic," says Blake of his art work.

"Because they are part of the solution -- maybe only a small part, but a part nonetheless."

Fragments runs at La Galleri, 5 Pall Mall, central London until 17 November 2007.


Lonndon sculpture show raises fund for war victims in Viet Nam
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Old 11-03-2007, 04:50 PM
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Re: Art inspired by landmine victims

There must be a big mistake in the second news story above. It says: "Earnings from Blake's entire collection of Fragments sculptures, estimated at 1.2 billion pounds, will be donated ...."

It also says: "The dubbed 'Fragments' show is a collection of 20 life-size bronze sculptures ..."

So it means these bronze sculptures are estimated to worth on average 60 million pounds each, or about US$120 million! Fantastic if true.

I've just checked, the news story has not been corrected.
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