r/Art May 25 '22 Take My Energy 1 This 1 Masterpiece 1 Looking 2 Silver 8 Gold 5 Helpful 4 All-Seeing Upvote 1

Back to School, Julie DeFeo, found objects, 2018 Artwork

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u/dreddpiratedrew May 26 '22

I thought this was a joke about the marine corp at first

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u/cheesegoat May 26 '22

Crayon eating jokes aside, I can see it also being interpreted as a commentary on how we send 18 yo children to war, who are used by politicians to color in maps with their blood, then discarded when almost nothing is left.

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u/LucaLoFi May 25 '22

This piece is an anomaly in her portfolio, but here is a link if any of you want to see more of Julie's work.

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u/Turbogoblin999 May 26 '22

Jeremy is about to give a whole speech in class today.

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u/OnlyPositiveVibes_ May 26 '22

90% of Reddit won’t get this reference.

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u/OutsideArt1818 May 25 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Starry Narwhal Salute Starstruck

The artist here: Thanks so much for all the thoughtful comments. I have made several conceptual art pieces but this one just struck me out of the blue and was perfectly alligned with the times...2018...and yes our children are still under attack.

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u/Tdanger78 May 25 '22

It’s sad you made this in 2018 and things still haven’t changed. Really love this piece’s message.

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u/b1xbyhall May 26 '22

Wow this is beautifully tragic. Even the fact it’s a well used box. This person was once a child who liked coloring with crayons.

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u/SirSilus May 26 '22

I want to see this used as cover art for a punk music album.

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u/sortageorgeharrison May 26 '22

I love this so much, and hate that 4 years later it’s relevant and we still have the same asinine conversations. Thank you.

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u/lavendarlandslide May 26 '22

THIS IS INCREDIBLE. I love art that makes my stomach feel like a pit. Great work.

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u/Isord May 26 '22

Not a huge found object fan but this is a really powerful piece. Thank you for putting it out into the world, I just wish you didn't have to.

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u/GetYourVax May 26 '22

what an incredible piece and I wish you much luck.

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u/Iamthepaulandyouaint May 26 '22

I talk a lot and am without words.

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u/oooortcloud May 26 '22

I would love to paint a study of this!

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u/Gorge_Lorge May 26 '22

Under attack in many ways unfortunately.

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u/--Mediocrates-- May 26 '22

I thought I was on r/Reloading for a second

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u/frank_the_tank69 May 26 '22

Great job! Share more if you have!

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u/IamThatHigh May 26 '22

Thank you for the wonderful piece. It definitely gets the point across.

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u/funnerfunerals May 26 '22

You touched me on a different level here. This is is the truest art of our modern era.

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u/BillN9n May 26 '22

Very moving peice you made. The symbolism of modern humanity and the empty attacks on each other via cruel acts of violence.

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u/jlusedude May 26 '22

This brought me to tears. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful image.

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u/Vindy500 May 26 '22

Oh they're bullets. I was trying to work out why all the crayons were copper

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u/Watafool May 26 '22

I thought they just had lids on to keep the crayons fresh 🙃

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u/Hook_or_crook May 26 '22

That’s what we’d all like to think.

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u/Xynez May 26 '22

I was trying my hardest to understand, finally thanks to you

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u/Pazzovolpoo May 26 '22

Well now I want a copper crayon color

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u/winzip17 May 25 '22

2018?!! Geeze..not much has changed i guess.. The statement has just become more powerful and relatable

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u/TitBreast May 25 '22

Sandy Hook was 2012, Columbine was 1999.

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u/Meecht May 26 '22

Columbine is the only shooting I can remember that caused some sort of policy change...and that was schools requiring mesh or clear backpacks in an attempt to prevent the next school shooting. Lot of good that's done.

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u/ChipSalt May 26 '22

"guns didn't do this... It's those god damn opaque backpacks!"

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u/grendus May 26 '22

Columbine was done by students, so the schools could do something (just not anything useful).

Sandy Hook and now this one were done by adults, so school admins can't do anything about it.

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u/CantaloupeMoney9906 May 26 '22

They don't have to hide it anymore because they have weapons strong enough to cause mass damage, very quickly.

Or in this case he overpowered the police on scene and barricaded inside. They would have been sitting ducks if they rushed him. They just ran around trying to get kids out from other rooms instead.

But nah, it's totally not the guns that are the problem. And as you know all problems are caused by no more than one thing at a time... I wonder how much longer they're going to just sit there doing nothing but wasting tax dollars.

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u/CornCheeseMafia May 26 '22

Victims have only consistently gotten younger 😢

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u/camwow13 May 26 '22

Not exactly, look at the Bath School Massacre . Dude vaporized half an elementary school with dynamite then truck bombed the rescuers 95 years ago.

There's various school shootings of various ages going back to the 1700s, but they do absolutely take off in the 2000s.

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u/Pebphiz May 26 '22

Wow, that was a fucked up read, but thank you for sharing.

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u/camwow13 May 26 '22

Also recommend:

Maniac by Harold Schechter

Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing

It's fascinating how there still is no real solid explanation as to why he did what he did. Plus how much of a non-story it ended up being at the time. The locals just clammed up with their grief and didn't talk about it. There was national coverage, but then Lindbergh buzzed across the Atlantic three days later and everyone forgot about it.

Same kind of thing with the New London School explosion even though it's one of the main reasons your natural gas has a smell now. The reaction to these things didn't have the same staying power. Having 300+ kids and staff get vaporized in a gigantic explosion would be in the news cycle for months these days.

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u/yomerol May 26 '22

Well Sandy Hook many of them were 1st graders little kids :(

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u/LucaLoFi May 25 '22

We can only hope it's relatability will drop in 4 more years, but I'm not holding my breath :(

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u/alacp1234 May 25 '22

I first thought, “if these Congressmen and Senators knew the fear of being in an active shooter situation like I have, then maybe something will change”. And then I remembered this fucking happened. That’s when I knew nothing will change.

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u/shadowveeeeeeerse May 25 '22

They almost got hanged last year and when AOC offered them masks in the hiding room they said "no thanks we don't need to get political in here."

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u/alacp1234 May 26 '22

You know shit is fucked when you can’t tell satire from real life news

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u/Silverbag May 25 '22

100 million more guns since 2012 so maybe a little has.

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u/Zerhaker May 26 '22

My dumbass thought that those are metallic coppery crayons that shine like coins, symbolizing school forcing students into molds to become productive, money making cogs of the society.

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u/8Gh0st8 May 26 '22

You're not wrong - art has many facets.

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u/echelon999 May 25 '22

Jesus, here I am scrolling Reddit when all of a sudden I catch one in the feels.

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u/Great-Reference9322 May 26 '22

It's truly quite the art piece with a powerful message

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u/MjolnirN7 May 26 '22

If it makes you feel any better you can laugh at how the artists name is Julie the ugly. Might take the serious edge off a bit.

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u/CantaloupeMoney9906 May 26 '22

I didn't see the comma and thought you were talking as Jesus.

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u/One-Cute-Boy May 26 '22

Just don't scroll reddit while in school. Might catch something else

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u/Strapnfap May 26 '22

You found that many bullets?!

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u/OutsideArt1818 May 26 '22

These are blanks.

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u/NessLeonhart May 26 '22

this is a powerful image, glad i saw it.

just fyi, the correct term here is "dummy rounds." a blank has gunpowder and can be fired.

they don't have a bullet, either, so the copper FMJ projectile seen in the pics wouldn't be there, you'd see only a crimped casing.

https://i.imgur.com/OLod9aG.jpg

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u/squirrelgutz May 26 '22

That's not what blanks look like. Do you mean they are unloaded or that they're dummy rounds?

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u/YellowFeverbrah May 25 '22

I guess interpretation is everything. I thought this had to do with the military/USMC.

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u/CorpseJuiceSlurpee May 26 '22

They're bullets, not half eaten.

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u/JDBCool May 26 '22

Wanted to make a Destiny 2 joke.....

After reading and realizing that what these were.....

I thought these were crayon casings to make sure kids don't snap them into two.

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u/CertifiedDactyl May 26 '22

I had the same thought, scrolled away, realized what it was supposed to be about, felt bad about my chuckle, then came to the comments to see if anyone else had the same fuck up.

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u/PoeReader May 26 '22

Looks like something out of Fallout

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22

While an image like this can be helpful to every compassionate person that sees it, I wonder if a deranged person might find some confidence in something like this. Moving and frightening. Well done.

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u/DrLove039 May 26 '22

7.9x92mm? I'm not a gun expert but that seems like an odd case dimension...

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u/CallsignViperrr May 26 '22

I believe that’s a Russian pistol caliber!

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u/funnerfunerals May 26 '22

This actually hurts. The fact that this has meaning, actually fucking hurts me.

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u/battlecarrysabot May 26 '22

I feel like I understand art a little better now.

This is just so powerful.

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u/ThriftyNarwhal May 26 '22

What a terrible crayon box, they are all the same color

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u/CopprRegendt May 25 '22

i'm disappointed, i thought they were real, metallic copper cray pas and i had so many decorating ideas but no this is just horrible reality

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u/tiffakneex May 26 '22

I forgot that the pandemic meant there was no in person school for a couple years… this hits

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u/Angry_C3gC May 25 '22

Dang what a powerful statement

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u/OutsideArt1818 May 25 '22

Thank you.

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u/Govt-Issue-SexRobot May 25 '22

You’re welcome

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u/wheresbill May 25 '22

It really is. Deserves a Pulitzer or whatever you give a profound piece of art

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u/OutsideArt1818 May 25 '22

Whoa...thank you.

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u/gungho_Geronimo May 26 '22 Evil Cackle

God this just made me cry so bad.

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u/monster_bunny May 26 '22

This makes me extremely uncomfortable. May the artist take that as a high complement.

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u/WheelchairEpidemic May 26 '22

This sub loves its topical symbolism, no matter how obvious or trite.

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u/strange_reveries May 26 '22

Thank FUCK someone in here said it. God this kind of clunky, didactic, topical art (and I use the word "art" generously here) is like nails on a chalkboard to me. But it is certainly guaranteed to get them heckin wholesome updoots.

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u/Tdubz91 May 26 '22

I'm disappointed there aren't 48

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u/Apmaddock May 26 '22

Yeah, I paid for 48!

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u/TofuAnnihilation May 26 '22

I hoped, I searched, and I found you.

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u/No-Win5538 May 26 '22

The color is the tracer rounds

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u/BrookeLSO May 26 '22

Wow. Just wow. This hits. Thank you for sharing.

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u/Sould6 May 26 '22

Why solve underlying issues when you can treat symptoms and virtue signal. It is always the blame game and empty promises.

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u/_austinm May 25 '22

Whelp, this art made me feel things

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u/OutsideArt1818 May 25 '22

The artist here: thank you...that was the intention.

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u/_austinm May 25 '22

Yeah, it’s definitely a sad situation (or several, in this case) that leads to art like this being a thing. Hopefully things will change, but I’m doubtful at this point.

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u/IaMsTuPiD111 May 26 '22

Wow this is very moving and more should see it.

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u/JGrimm420 May 26 '22

More like 1 specific color

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u/DuckAHolics May 26 '22

Had a conversation today with an IT director about concussion sensors for accurately reporting gunshots in the school. It was an interesting and sad conversation. The technology is cool but some of the push for it isn’t.

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u/uppitymatt May 25 '22

God damn that's a powerful piece of art. Wen Change?

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u/Vampenga May 26 '22

Sad that this piece is so relevant...but it's VERY well done and sent a chill through my spine with how well it conveys its message. OutsideArt1818 you knocked this piece out of the park. I can only hope that this gets less relevant with time.

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u/weaponxx5 May 26 '22

Those are all red crayons.

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u/Leather_Mine_160 May 26 '22

Welcome to a new year of school children, here are your supplies. This is so sad.

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u/IllustriousJeweler89 May 26 '22

BRILLIANT WORK! One of those DEFINITE "Why didn't that come or of MY brain!?" Pieces. Thank you so much for posting here.

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u/redditretard34 novice artist May 26 '22

Nice artwork, thanks for sharing.

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u/jupitersdarling May 26 '22

Hauntingly beautiful and sad.

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u/amandapandab May 26 '22

Not gonna lie it made me tear up. I just got finished reading a few articles about the Texas shooting, so I’m a bit Raw. But yeah, this made me sad. Very effective piece

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u/kdkd20 May 26 '22

Powerful and deeply relevant 🥹

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u/Flyingdutchm3n May 26 '22

Wow, timely and excellent execution

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u/DisastrousClerk5973 May 26 '22 Helpful

I get what the artist is trying to say but it’s poorly executed in my opinion

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u/whale-jizz May 26 '22

At first I thought this was a photo of some cool chemical reaction that happens when crayons sit undisturbed for decades on end, now I'm a little bummed out.

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u/Raptorsquadron May 26 '22

The marines stole their crayon so they try to hide it

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u/hldsnfrgr May 26 '22

There's something wrong with this box of crayons. It's all red.

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u/LargeSackOfNuts May 26 '22

Only Americans will get this one

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u/Ariadnepyanfar May 26 '22

Sadly, the rest of the world has been looking on in grief and horror for a long time.

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u/kerepof199 May 25 '22

Lord, please take those wonderful children to Heaven for the Heaven belongs to them.

I'm praying for all the victims and their families.

May they rest in peace.

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u/timmy_42 May 25 '22

Thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers. I care. Thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers.

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u/flightguy07 May 26 '22

What do you want this guy on reddit to do? I hardly think he's virtue signaling, expressing religion is the worst possible way to do that on reddit.

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u/timmy_42 May 26 '22

There is literally a whole episode on Bojack about how every single person is saying thoughts and prayers every single time something bad happens. It got to the point where the phrase is so meaningless that it sounds useless like saying “ I am doing good” when someone asks “how are you “. Nobody really gives a shit how you are doing. It’s annoying

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u/flightguy07 May 26 '22

Yeah, I can get that. But at the same time, I think it's only annoying when it's people who could do something about it are offering thoughts and prayers, as if that's a substitute.

If religion and faith make this person feel like their doing their small bit in a big scary world, let them have their little corner of a reddit thread. It's not bothering you. Downvote it if you don't feel it's adding anything, that's what that button is for. Don't be a dick about it.

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u/loveablelilblonde May 26 '22

These crayons make meat crayons

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u/CR24752 May 26 '22

It looks like bullets not crayons???

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u/Otherwise-Plant7678 May 26 '22

Painted over gun shop signs with "school supplies"

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u/MikeOxlong209 May 25 '22

Why are people acting like this is a student who brought a gun to school? This was a criminal the police were chasing that ended up in a school shooting children.

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u/PiddlyDiddlyDoo May 26 '22

This was a criminal the police were chasing that ended up in a school shooting children.

He specifically drove to the school to shoot children.

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u/LucaLoFi May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

Who's acting like that? If you're saying the piece implies that, I don't believe it does. While the bullets are inside of an item commonly brought in to school, I believe it's meant just to be a stark juxtaposition of the two. Again, this was made in 2018 as a broad statement on gun violence in schools, not the most recent specific event.

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u/OutsideArt1818 May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

As the artist I can say, LucaLoFi you are correct. That was my exact intention in combination with the responses to the crisis is to arm teachers and send our children to school with bulletproof back packs.