Anthony Segura, Territorial War Hog, 2004. 60″ x 24″ x 24″. Plywood, steel, leather, wire, helmet, and audio file.
Inspired by heavy metal music and the dynamic sculptures of Damien Hirst and Matthew Barney, Segura mixes harsh materials and sounds to create a surreal vision of war. The army helmet and wire mask atop an angular base of steel and wood uncomfortably juxtapose man and machine. A crown of thorns, crafted from twisted steel wire, calls attention to the convoluted relationship between war and religion. This grisly sculpture invites the viewer to contemplate the history and complexity of military conflicts in the Middle East while listening to the chilling sounds of battle through a headset.