That’s what New Zealand sculptor Brett Graham does. Graham, a Maori tribesman, used old tires, medium density fiberboard and steel to create the sculptures you see here for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia. Why create art modeled after weapons of mass destruction? Tradition among South Pacific tribes, who often incorporate symbols of enemy weapons or technology into their artwork as a kind of protective talisman.
The sculpture above, named “mihaia”, depicts Graham’s representation of a Russian BRDM-2 scout car. Graham points out with some irony that this vehicle has been used by both the Palestinians and the Israelis during their ongoing conflict.
The next sculpture, entitled “te hokioi”, depicts an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. Used extensively in both Gulf Wars, the F-117 was retired from service in 2008, replaced by the more advanced F-22 Raptor.