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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): George M. Turner Jr., United States

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Proposal Title: The Bean Counters and Their Target Numbers, 10/19/2009, Installation

Proposal Synopsis: The idea behind this piece is to create an installation that shows the inconsistencies of reports of civilian casualties due to the invasion of iraq. The piece consists of roughly 1.2 million beans, 5 targets and a gun with scope. The 5 targets have the source, the number of estimated civilian casualties, and a short description of how the source calculated the number. The beans are in ten pound bags and are organized in a sand bunker manner. The smallest statistic correlates to the loose beans that are spread on the ground behind the bunker, the largest statistic correlates to the total amount of beans. On top of the sand bunker is a gun with a scope where the viewer can get a close up of the targets.

Artist's Biography: George M. Turner Jr. was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. From a young age Mr. Turner has had a deep and dedicated interest in creating art, along with engineering design for abstract concepts and applicable devices. George M. Turner Jr. is featured at the Windber Research Institute, Robert Morris College, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. George creates sculpture and installation in a variety of material ranging from commercial products, bronze, polyurethane, oil and acrylic painting. The subject matter of George’s art is based on the exploration of intrinsic design and social

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