Buying the Present at the Cost of the future
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The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, is a symbolic replacement of a cross on the battlefield or at the base camp for a soldier who has been killed. It is made of the soldier's rifle with bayonet attached stuck into the ground, helmet on the rifle butt, dog tags sometimes hanging from the rifle and the boots of the fallen soldier next to it. Its purpose is to show honor and respect for the fallen at the battle site. Army lore indicates the helmet and identification tags signify the fallen soldier. The inverted rifle with bayonet signals a time for prayer and a break in the action to pay tribute to the dead. The combat boots represent the final march of the last battle.
Generation Boom takes the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross and transforms its meaning to represent the fallen soldiers of the future generation in a never ending war by coloring each element with playful children’s colors. Our country has been at war since 2001; an eighteen year old enlisting today was a child when hostilities began and there is no end in sight. We have now an entire generation growing up under war brought to you by a generation born at the end of a war. This sculpture is made to consider this fact, as well as contemplate our future generations.
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