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DATE: 2002
STATUS: Not Available
DIMENSIONS: approx dia 17.3 inch, height 4 inch = 44 cms x 10 cms
MATERIAL: Plastic

 

War Bowl

Toy soldiers were melted together to form the material used to create War Bowl.

These are currently available in either blue soldiers (Battle of Waterloo) or white soldiers (English Civil War).

A Bowl made from melted plastic soldiers from the Battle of Waterloo, half french infantry, half British foot artillery

Mosley and Wilcox (who formed the design company Mosley Meets Wilcox) have been collaborating since 2000 and experimenting in exuberant designs, including melting toy soldiers, ninjas and knights in their oven to see what kind of result they could achieve.

According to Wilcox: "After about a year of trawling round all these toy wholesalers in the east end, like secret Santa's grottos, I can tell from holding a toy soldier in my hand if it's going to melt the way we want.�

'The inspiration for the War Bowl came from a combination of ideas.

I wanted to create a new material that would work on more levels than the usual qualities such as texture and functionality. My aim was to make a material that had a voice of it's own, not just a passive lifeless thing.

I started with the idea of combining small objects in order to create something larger.
I arrived at the idea of using toy soldiers as my ingredients.

As found objects, they seemed to represent something of a paradox.
On one hand they were a fun childhood toy that brought back happy memories and on the other, they were a representation of war with it's associated horrors.

This is a contrast that I find slightly uneasy.'



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