Monday, May 19, 2008

Depicting a tragedy of war

Depicting a tragedy of war
The sculpture 'A Field of Limbs' is a stark reminder of the human toll of military conflict

Sculptor Gershon Gurin-Podlish spent nearly five months creating the unusual exhibit honoring those who have lost limbs in the Iraq and Afghan wars. The 748 casts he carefully crafted represent each American serviceman and woman who had suffered an amputation (as of Feb. 1) since the conflicts began. These are courageous veterans, he says, who deserve more recognition.

"You never see these soldiers who are dealing with this loss," says Gurin-Podlish, 64, who lives in Florence, Mass., but has been working on the sculpture in Cincinnati since February. "They become invisible."

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