Richard Bartle has been dedicating his art to promote peace and raising political issues with great artistic value.
A punk when teenager who used to gather with his friends at Peace Gardens, Sheffield city, UK, he did seven life-size sculptures made of stain using a Picasso's work.
They are perched on the chimney of Bar Ha!Ha! on St Paul’s Parade next to the Peace Gardens.
"We live in a society where the media seem to perpetuate a feeling of nihilism on behalf of governments and big business as method of keeping us all in a state of fear and depression, it seems also that those who lobby against these power groups are equally as guilty of this. In my work I refuse this state of nihilism – I look for hope in all situations, and long for a world where dialogue triumphs over violence and the focus of life shifts from the negative to positive.”
More about this work here. I loved the way he put the media creating the nihilist sentiment. If you are following the news today you know how far the world is from peace.
Peace became a word that doesn't inspires the same feelings it did in the 60ies and 70ies.
This is very strange.