July 2, 2011

Misrata City Ordance

Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

This photo from Misrata complements another recent picture of war as a long term legacy. The power of the two viewers at this “street museum” — some of the ordnance collected from parks — is the recognition that the city itself has become a time bomb. More subtle are the unconscious associations thrown off by the shapes of the explosives, the pair standing up reminiscent of legs — or prosthetics. Then, the oversized mannequin off to the right is pretty curious, as well.

(photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance caption: Months of fighting in Misrata, Libya, have left an abundance of unexploded bombs scattered all over the city, some of which has been gathered by residents and placed in informal displays in front of buildings and in public spaces such as parks.)

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