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Bronzed, rested, and ready

May 2, 2006


Ever since the Army paid a small coterie of Iraqis to be photographed, no zoom lenses please, watching the GIs pull down that statue of Saddam, the spot has looked,well, a little bare. Like that stretch of unrepainted wall after the velvet Elvis was taken down. So a Baghdad square is missing its monumental statuary, and somewhere in Texas a village is missing its idiot. Of such coincidences, inspiration is born.

Here’s a sculpture that would surely find an instant place in the hearts of all Iraqis, and of freedom loving peoples everywhere. What else could befit the truly Ozymandian proportions of the colossus now bestriding the world? (And is mixing bad Shelley with good Shakespeare a graver lapse than mixing a metaphor?)

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