AK47’s and grenades are powerful images and symbols; symbols of revolt, but also symbols of violence and death. They represent the worst things that we are capable of creating: objects to destroy one-another, inflict pain and suffering, and ultimately end life. This iconic intensity can be harnessed to represent a similar warfare and intensity against the urban landscape in a clash with wilderness.
From 1945 until 1995 there were an estimated 90 – 120 million AK47’s manufactured. This far surpasses the production of any other weapon. For much of the middle east, their common place has become akin to that of a household appliance, to others they are a symbol of resistance, and to others they symbolize terrorism.
Using an iconic weapon such as an AK47, the user can send bursts of ivy seeds against run-down urban areas that will then grow over buildings, thereby mimicking the ability of nature to reclaim areas. The first weapon is a (non-militaristic) AK47 paint-ball gun modified to shoot pellets in which the casing contains an invasive English Ivy seed, some liquid adhesive, and a small absorbent sponge. Within the several weeks following an attack, the urban space will become overgrown with an invasive species of English Ivy – a plant that has proven itself as a strong urban plant for the New York City environment. (a prototype can be seen http://splnlss.com/seed-weapons/)
What is equally important is how the weapons are used. By attacking small urban areas to created liberated zones, I intend to deploy tactics similar to the highly influential book by Mao Tse- Tung, “On Guerrila Warfare”,
Images of Growth and Revolt:
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