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"Ambassadorial Drone" - mixed media sculpture by Jud Turner - copyright 2011

"Ambassadorial Drone" is a sculptural version of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which are increasingly used carry out military and policing missions. Of particular concern is the ratio of intended targets killed to "collateral damage", and the steep increase in the number of attacks in foreign wars since 2008. Sources and numbers are well documented here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_attacks_in_Pakistan

While I agree that there are serious security challenges the US is confronted with, and am aware that using UAV's can reduce soldier casualties, those benefits are balanced against the chilling costs associated with their use; civilian deaths, the anti-American sentiment that results, and the reality that we are now using UAV's for domestic policing and surveillance:
http://uavc.mckeon.house.gov/2010/07/militarys-drones-beset-by-problems.html
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/surveillance/2011-01-13-drones_N.htm


By making this insidious looking sculpture from common household objects (lamps sconces, security peepholes, model car parts, classic picture frame,) I hope to draw out the idea that seemingly benign, helpful technology's can have unintended and dire consequences.


- Jud Turner, Feb 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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