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allenring 06-17-2007 09:53 AM

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This is a pic of the Christmas wreath that gets hung on my shop each year. It is real good at knocking paint off the door.

It is made from the bolts of 30-06 Springfield rifles. I figure that for it to qualify as fine art it needs a name. What would you name this piece?

Also, if you were one of those whacked out art critics what kind of review would you give my fine art Christmas wreath?

So give me your name and review and just for fun how about posting something laying around your shop and lets all Name that Art!

evaldart 06-17-2007 12:24 PM

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Great idea. Novelty and physicality achieved through multiplicity. An old sculptors trick. The red ribbon gives it away as a wreath but without it I would use it as a door knocker. Might smash clean through. Also a theft deterrant. Any one displaying loose gun parts on the outside of their house probably has the assembled and working version on the inside. Title "Seasonal Sentry".

evaldart 06-17-2007 12:34 PM

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This is a bowl I made for my wife out of rebar. It aint art but would stop a prowler. It has no title either.

chris 71 06-17-2007 01:42 PM

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i like it too i think i like the idea of it as a door knocker i,d call it something like can't ya hear me knockin

underfoot 06-17-2007 03:08 PM

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Great piece Allen, I agree with evaldart, leaving pieces of weapons on the front of the house is an excellent deterrant.
our Government has almost completely disarmed the population(except for the bad guys) so we rarely see guns here, your piece and it's christmas reference had an impact. consequently the first thing that sprung to mind was
"abandon hope all ye who enter"

It aint art but when one of my trusty old tools is finally beyond repair,
I can't bring myself to toss it.

Rojellio 06-17-2007 04:41 PM

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"Bolt Action Bessie" ... Just taking a wild guess that a moo cow named Bessie is missing her bell.

The deterrent factor only works on someone that knows what those thingies are.

EJB 06-17-2007 07:56 PM

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Merlion 06-17-2007 08:06 PM

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Originally Posted by evaldart
Also a theft deterrant....

Not quite sure of that. With metal price going so high, and so easy to cut the ribbon.

evaldart 06-17-2007 09:01 PM

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Underfoot those are great! I just reluctantly tossed out a huge barrell of dead tools. Had art plans for them that never seemed like they would happen. When I get rich I'm gonna have you put faces on all my power tools, the WORKING ones!

StevenW 06-17-2007 10:02 PM

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Hmm, I like this Allenring.. "Jingle Bolts". History may well have forgotton field art like this in the Battle of the Buldge for instance. Wouldn't surprise me if soldiers made similar things using military hardware and scrap. It's a good heart that seeks to turn war, weapons, reminders of death and horror and agony into a holiday and I can't help but wonder how many similar pieces have been made throughout time. Countless perhaps..

allenring 06-17-2007 10:13 PM

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Merlion that "ribbon" is a 5000 lb nylon tow strap, aint getting cut 'cept by you hot wrench jockeys. "Dead Bolt" is a great name, Jingle Bolts has a happy Christmas ring to it and Seasonal Sentry really gets to the theme of the whole thing.

Good guess Rojellio on Bolt Action Bessy. Let me say a few fond words about our men in uniform. The cow bell came curtsy of the elite US Marine Embassy Guard Unit serving in Switzerland and proudly defending the American way of life. They were marauding at night, dead drunk, through the Swiss country side liberating bells from perfectly innocent sleeping cows, and generally terrorizing all forms of mammals, small and large. As I said, they were defending the American way of life.

underfoot what fun, Ill never be able to throw out old tools again, how about "Drill fish", or "Fish and Bits."

evaldart, really nice toe smasher, or is it an ankle slasher? How about "Rebowl", or "Rebar with Balls".

Rojellio 06-17-2007 10:53 PM

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Hmmm.. This Mission liberating cows from their dingy bells sounds vaguely familiar. In Korea, I was in charge of making sure a half drunk GI traveled rice paddy roads on a mountain bike. And at night making sure all the burnt Ondol blocks (a 6" diameter x 8" tall ash ash cyclinder) were smashed and distributed evenly on side alley roads and sidewalks.

Ah.. how I would love such easy access to silica dioxide rich pozzalonic action for my concrete!

Cantab 06-18-2007 01:51 AM

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How about 'A Wreath for the Holy Land', or 'Season's Greetings'. :rolleyes:

dondougan 06-18-2007 05:42 PM

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My titles tend to be on the wordy side, but how about "Swords-to-Plowshares, Guns-to-Wreaths" ?

Don't have a photo handy, and the 'wreath' is up in the attic buried amongst all the other Christmas stuff, but I have one made from rusty barb-wire I put on the studio door . . .

Great stuff always a fan of some visual wordplay.


allenring 06-19-2007 08:15 AM

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Hay dondougan sure would like to see your wreath if you could dig it out, maybe we could get a harder side of Christmas, or Christmas till it hurts thing going.

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