In removing a flag from its pole, one discovers how much it resembles a spear. My collaborator and I were interested in transforming a familiar object from a symbol of violence into a symbol of nourishment.
When the piece took its final form, my collaborator was reminded of a bible verse that calls for such transformation:
“He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” – Isaiah 2:4