Proposal Title: Unbroken Vessel, 03/09/2009, Other
Proposal Synopsis: A peace is the only adequate war memorial.
The far less adequate memorial to the civilian dead I propose is to have US and possibly potters from the countries of the “Coalition of the Willing” make 91,060-99,433 handmade ceramic cups. The cups would be made in honor the civilian dead. The cups would be sold to raise money to have Iraqi potters make the same number of cups as a memorial or give the money to Iraqi artists and crafts people to make monuments of there own choosing.
The vessel has long been used as a metaphor for a human life or soul. A ceramic cup can live un-chipped for hundreds of thousands of years from hand to hand, or it can be smashed. Similarly a life can have affects that echo thru generations or it can be destroyed.
The logistics of this project would be difficult and I do not have resources and organizational skills to make it happen on my own. I would be happy to have someone else take charge of the project. I would also happily contribute as many cups as possible.
Artist's Biography: Ehren Tool has made and given away over 7,200 cups since 2001. He has also shot his cups and he has mailed his cups to people in positions of power. Tool served in the 1991 Gulf War with the Marine Corps. Tool has had some trouble dealing with the gap between the stated goal, of the 1991 Gulf War, and the outcome.
Tool received his BFA from the University of Southern California in 2000, and his MFA from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. Tool was born in 1970 and raised in “sunny South Central Los Angeles”.